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Mexico's President Approaches the End of his First Year in Office

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – better known in Mexico as AMLO – is approaching the end of the first year of his six year term in office. Prior to being elected, AMLO had for years been a perpetual outsider and critic of the long-standing governing consensus in Mexico. He was elected with a wide majority, and promised to take a different approach to the war on drugs, including demilitarizing the anti-drug mission, and legalizing some drugs, like marijuana. He also said he would offer scholarships and increase educational opportunities to youth to keep them out of organized crime.

While he has done some of these things to some degree, organized crime and corruption has increased in Mexico since his election. And, incidents like the recent one in Culiacán when Army troops captured the son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, only to release him soon after because the Sinaloa Cartel forces overpowered the security forces, and the murder of three moms and six children in northern Mexico who were all U.S. citizens, are leaving many to conclude AMLO’s softer stance toward the cartels is not working.

 

We're getting an update on the current state of politics and security in Mexico from Dr. Rick Coughlin, he’s an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Gulf Coast University who specializes in Mexican politics. We had Dr. Coughlin on the show about a year ago when AMLO was first elected.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.