Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador—nicknamed AMLO among the public and in the media—took the oath of office on Dec. 1. As the first representative of the political left to be elected president in Mexico’s post-2000 democratic era, AMLO embodies a public that yearns for a dramatic change of direction.
Jake Dizard is a postdoctoral fellow with the Mexico Security Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation focused on the militarization of public security and civil-military relations in Mexico and Colombia. Prior to his doctoral studies he worked as a Latin America political analyst at the NGO Freedom House, where he also managed a cross-national survey of democratic governance in developing countries and wrote pieces for outlets including the Miami Herald, Christian Science Monitor, and Harvard International Review. His research interests include security policy and rule of law systems in Latin America, accountability for state human rights violations, and civil-military relations in developing countries. He holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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