What do recent and upcoming elections in Latin America reveal about the region’s changing political and economic landscape? Are the rise of populism and concerns about corruption having destabilizing effects that outside actors can exploit? Julia Gurganus, filling in for Jen Psaki, sat down in the DiploPod studio with Mark Feierstein, former special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs on the National Security Council. They discussed the upcoming presidential election in Mexico, outside influence in the region, and the impact on U.S. policy in the region.

Mark Feierstein is a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group’s Latin America practice, where he advises clients on entry and growth strategies throughout the region. Most recently, Feierstein served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the National Security Council.

Julia Gurganus is a visiting scholar with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focus is on trends in Russian foreign policy and Russia-U.S. relations.