Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Old and New Challenges to Mexican Democracy

Friday, October 4, 2019

Location: Luce Hall, Room 203 (34 Hillhouse Ave.)

8:15 am - 8:45 am Breakfast
8:45 am - 9 am Welcome Remarks

9 am - 10:30 am


Violence and the Drug War

Omar Garcia-Ponce, George Washington University: “Violence and Retribution in Mexico’s Drug War”

Guillermo Trejo, Notre Dame University: “The Political Drivers of Criminal Violence in Mexico: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions”

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break 
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Resistance to Criminal Violence: Institutions and Legacies

Sandra Ley, CIDE: “Criminal Violence and Indigenous Resistance: Why Ethnic Autonomy Institutions Deter Drug Violence in Mexico”

Livia Schubiger, Duke University: “Legacies of Resistance: Mobilization Against Organized Crime in Mexico”

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Organization of Crime and Policing

Rodrigo Canales, Yale University: “Building effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico”

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Stanford University: TBA

3 pm - 3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Social Movements, Dissent, and Collective Action

Maria Inclan, CIDE: “What moves Students to the Streets? Ritual versus Reactive Demonstrations in Mexico City”

Mariano Sanchez, CIDE: “Social Dissent, Coercive Capacity, and Redistribution: Evidence from Authoritarian Mexico”

Emily Sellars, Yale University, “Emigration, Collective Action, and Agrarian Reform in Mexico”

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Conference Organizers: Emily Sellars and Ana De La O