Why Mexico’s Forthcoming Elections Are Important


Professor Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez

Department of National Security Affairs & Center for Homeland Defense
Naval Postgraduate School

Tuesday, February 27, 2024


The coming year will see numerous elections throughout the world. For the United States, Mexico’s June election to choose a new president and an entirely new national Congress could be one of the most important. Much attention will be focused on the choice of a new president, as Mexico’s constitution does not allow the popular incumbent president, López Obrador, to run again.

Many argue that no other country has more impact on the daily lives of Americans than does our southern neighbor. Mexico is the United States largest trading partner and production partner. It is also the entry way for massive amounts of deadly, illegal drugs and large flows of migrants.

Our guest, Professor Nieto-Gomez, is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs and Center for Homeland Defense at the Naval Post Graduate School where his course offerings include classes on Mexican politics and border security. In his remarks he will discuss Mexico’s Presidential candidates, their party policies, and how the election outcomes may affect democratic institutions, public security, and Mexico-U.S. relations.

Dr. Nieto-Gomez earned his Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of the University of Paris and a J.D. from the State University of Sant Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Date and Times

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • 11:15 AM Registration
  • 11:45 AM Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:00 PM Speaker Presentation & Questions


  • Salad: California Field Green Salad with Arugula, Cherry Tomato, Pine Nuts and Shaved Parmesan with Lemon and Balsamic Dressing
  • Bread and butter
  • Entree: Seared Chicken Cordon Bleu in a Mushroom Cream Sauce with Mashed Potatoes and a Sauté of Seasonal Vegetables
  • Vegetarian Alternative: Spinach and Cheese Ravioli in a Tuscan Sauce of Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichoke, Kalamata Olives and Capers
  • Dessert: New York Cheesecake with a Chocolate & Caramel Drizzle and Spiced Walnuts


  • $36 for World Affairs Council members
  • $41 for guests

Vaccination Requirements

Until further notice, documentation of COVID vaccination will not be required to attend in-person events.


Please note: Our February luncheon will be in The Pacific Grille at the Hilton Garden Inn located on the 1st floor of the building that also houses the Big Sur Room. The seating capacity in The Pacific Grille is limited so please register early to ensure your attendance.

WACMB will accept auditors to this event. Auditors will be allowed entry at 12:20 pm.
If you wish to audit the presentation, or if you encounter difficulties with registration, please email info@wacmb.org by the registration deadline.


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