As politicians in Mexico prepare for the 2012 presidential elections, the weak economy and continued violence will be campaign issues for both parties. Energy policy is another factor. In a country where 30% of the national budget comes from oil revenue, declining reserves have caused great concern. Reforms proposed by President Calderon, which would have allowed PEMEX to issue private sector service contracts, have been blocked by a Congress that is dominated by the opposition. How is the next administration likely to move on energy policy?

Duncan Wood directs the International Relations Program and Canadian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. His research focuses on the Mexican energy sector, Latin American energy policy, Mexican security challenges, and Canada-Mexico relations. He is a senior advisor for the Renewable Energy Initiative with the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he is leading a project on the 2012 Mexican presidential race. Wood earned a doctorate in Political Studies from Queen's University, Canada.

Duncan Wood
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

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