November 1, 2001
What is the appropriate role for a Latin American ex-president these days? Until recently, most former presidents ended their careers in obscurity or exiled in the aftermath of revolution. These days, though, many have had to bow out in disgrace. Alberto Fujimori, Augusto Pinochet, Carlos Menem, Carlos Salinas, Ernesto Samper and Fernando Collor de Mello have all faced problems with the law.
Ernesto Zedillo - who was president of Mexico for six years until last December - has begun his post-presidential career in a more positive way, by becoming a campaigner for that most unpopular of causes: globalization.
It helps that Zedillo's personal record appears beyond reproach. He had
Mexico's former head of state, Ernesto Zedillo, is fashioning a post-presidential career as an advocate for globalization, international development and social justice.