The Era of Perfect Dictatorship: Mexican Cabinet, 1994

CM: José Villalobos

Chair: Isabelle Smith

The year 1994 looms large for the future of Mexico. It will be crucial in the country’s transition to fair elections, liberalized politics, reduced injustice, and a developed economy. The ruling party PRI—known throughout Latin America as “La Dictadura Perfecta” (The Perfect Dictatorship), due to its uncanny ability to manipulate people and politics to stay in power for over 65 years—is weakened. Despite President Salinas’ mostly successful tenure, people are restless and disapprove of the regime’s crimes. With NAFTA entering into force, there is major uncertainty as to how the country will react and whether the economy will jump forward or crumble under the exposure to free trade.  Presidential candidates and a wealth of politicians who speak of decentralizing power are of concern to the regime’s survival. In the most pivotal election cycle since the times of the Mexican revolution, the PRI must decide how they want to continue to influence the future of the country and deal with the repercussions of their many actions in silencing opposition, manipulating the law and public resources, and even partnering with large criminal organizations. Tensions are at historic highs, and any mistake could disrupt a carefully maintained balance that has kept the country in relative tranquility for decades.

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About the Chair: Isabelle Smith is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a certificate in International Development. In high school she competed nationally in Speech and Debate, and now is an active member of the Model United Nations team here on campus. She has staffed both of Georgetown’s conferences, and traveled with the organization to chair the Global Leaders Summit in India. Outside of Model United Nations, Isabelle helps organize the Walsh Exchange, an undergraduate research conference, and conducts research with The World Bank Social Protections Unit on public employment services. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys goldendoodle puppies, attempting to cook, and eating Indian food.

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About the Crisis Manager: José Villalobos Gonzalez is a rising senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, hailing from Mexico City. He is majoring in Science Technology and International Affairs, with a minor in French and a concentration in International Business and Development. He’s interested in a career in diplomatic affairs, working either for the Mexican foreign service or development-focused international agencies. At Georgetown, José writes art and music reviews for a campus newspaper, works for a student-run consulting group focused on developmental strategies and micro finance, and is part of a latin dancing team. He is excited to welcome you to the best NCSC yet!