March 1, 2001
Since his dramatic election to the Mexican presidency in July 2000, Vicente Fox continues to surprise. In the realm of domestic politics, he has succeeded in getting a deeply divided Congress to approve the annual budget. The possibility of reinitiating peace talks with the Zapatista rebels in the state of Chiapas is more likely than it ever was in the last years of the previous administration, after the talks begun in 1994 broke down. Fox has opened a frank and direct dialogue with the US on a wide range of issues. And he has made it clear that he wants a hemisphere-wide role for Mexico?something avoided by his predecessors in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The critical un
The agenda of Mexico?s new president is emerging, and Vicente Fox appears to be tackling the domestic and international fronts with equal zeal. His strong popularity will help him navigate local political challenges as he seeks to make Mexico a major player in world affairs.