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LATEST RESEARCH
» PRD Leadership Election Ends in Compromise, But Fissures Remain. After a highly troubled process, centrist Jesus Zambrano was named the new chair of the PRD, while his archrival Dolores Padierna was appointed secretary general.
 
» AMLO Re-launches 50-Point Platform. On March 20th, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador unveiled his “New Project for the Nation,” a 50-point program that bears significant similarities to his 2006 presidential platform.
 
» US Ambassador to Mexico Resigns; Rocky Road Ahead for Bilateral Relations. Pascual’s departure could have important repercussions for the already troubled Calderon administration, particularly in the area of security.
 
» PRI’s Labor Reform: Better than Nothing. On March 10th, the PRI presented a new bill to reform the Federal Labor Law—a watered down version of the proposal introduced a year before by the PAN.
 
» Moreira Takes Over the PRI. With polls indicating the party is on course to capture the presidency in 2012, the former Coahuila governor’s most immediate challenge will be to maintain internal discipline and cohesion.
 
» Rule of Law and Security Update: February. Although drug-related executions seem to have stabilized in recent months, the use of terrorist tactics by cartels has continued to increase.
 
» Human Rights Reform Finally Passed by the Senate. The legislation has been described by domestic and international organizations as one of the most important constitutional reforms in the last two decades.
 
» Special Report: State of Mexico Gubernatorial Elections Update. The PAN and PRD’s efforts to form a coalition have encountered more difficulties than originally anticipated.
 
 

 
 
ALEJANDRO SCHTULMANN
President, Head of Research

Alejandro Schtulmann is a founding partner and President of Emerging Markets Political Risk Analysis (EMPRA), a political risk advisory and consulting firm focusing primarily on Mexico. He is also the head of research.

Prior to founding EMPRA in 2007, Mr. Schtulmann worked as an independent consultant on energy issues and Latin American politics. Between 2001 and 2005, he worked as a research analyst for Eurasia Group on the Stability Index Project and as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. From 1997 to 1999, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico, where he coordinated between the OECD and federal agencies on a wide range of policy projects.

In addition to his Latin America expertise, Mr. Schtulmann has written extensively on China and Vietnam and has substantial experience with Asian economies and comparative politics. He is a frequent contributor to major newswires, think tank publications, local press and leading world newspapers, and a regular speaker on Mexican politics and security in the international financial community.

Mr. Schtulmann has a B.A. in International Trade and Business from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). He earned a M.Sc. in Economic Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and a MIA in International Political Economy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Mr. Schtulmann also has an executive diploma in counter-terrorism studies from the Lauder School of Government at the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Hertzliya, Israel’s most prestigious center on homeland security. He is a regular attendee as well as an organizer of events discussing the security challenges posed by drug trafficking and drug violence in Mexico.

In 2001, Mr. Schtulmann attended the first Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance in Hamburg, Germany, which gathers young leaders from around the world. He speaks fluent English and Spanish, intermediate Arabic and Italian, and basic French.

E-mail: aschtulmann@empra.net

 

ANDRES RUIZ PEREZ
Research Analyst

Andres Ruiz divides his time between EMPRA and El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX). At EMPRA, Mr. Ruiz conducts research and formulates reports on issues pertaining to national and local politics, congressional dynamics, telecommunications, and issues related to public security. At COLMEX, Mr. Ruiz participates in a joint research project with the Universidad de Salamanca that analyzes the process of democratization in the Mexican states.

Mr. Ruiz graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) with a B.A. in International Relations. His dissertation focused on a comparison of foreign policy during the Salinas and the Fox administrations. He has done extensive research on the impact of political systems, political parties, and social movements on the consolidation of democracy in emerging markets. He has also taken specialized courses in political marketing and applied statistics. He has also been published in political science and international relations journals.

Prior to joining EMPRA in 2009, Mr. Ruiz worked for the British Embassy in the Management and Strategic Programme Fund and the academic journal Foro Internacional, published by El Colegio de Mexico. He speaks proficient Spanish and English.

 

DANIEL SUSSMAN
Lead Editor, Graphic Projects

Daniel Sussman is Lead Editor at Emerging Markets Political Risk Analysis (EMPRA). Prior to working with EMPRA, Mr. Sussman wrote on local politics and served on the editorial committee of The Student Insurgent at the University of Oregon, where he received his B.A. in Latin in 2009. During his time with that newspaper he covered the local environmental movement, as well as citizen-led initiatives to increase police accountability and resistance to redevelopment projects in Eugene, Ore. He has been involved in various research projects at EMPRA. In addition to his regular studies, Mr. Sussman participated in a summer program at Dickenson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and took courses on political science and communications at Princeton University through the Junior Statesmen Foundation. Throughout his undergraduate studies he researched the early history of Roman imperialism in Europe and Asia Minor as well as the development of the Roman army during the republican period and the civil wars, and studied military histories and first-hand accounts of ancient warfare by various Greek and Roman authors. His senior thesis on Titus Livius discussed the Roman historian’s revisionist account of the Second Punic War in the context of the political program of Livy’s contemporary, Caesar Augustus. Mr. Sussman speaks English, Spanish and a bit of Japanese, and reads in ancient Latin and Greek.

 

CHRISTOPHER C. HODOROSWSKI
Assistant Editor

Mr. Hodorowski has been the assistant editor for EMPRA since the founding of the company. He has a B.A. in English Lit. with a minor in Secondary Ed. from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. From 2005-2007, he served as executive editor for the oldest manuscript in continuous in publication by a US college. He participates in several literary societies, including the Norman Mailer Society. Prior to joining EMPRA, he edited documents for various organizations, including Nestle Waters North America and the Home Builders Association. He has also been invited to coordinate social media strategies with top-rated bloggers.

 

 


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