Q. Why should we care about Mexico?
A. Perhaps no other country affects the United States on a day-to-day basis as much as Mexico. The two nations have always been linked by their shared two thousand mile border, but the nature of this relationship has broadened and deepened over the last three decades. Today energy, the environment, corporations, supply chains, people, communities, and security bind the two nations together, making them truly indivisible, and Mexico’s path forward matter more than ever for its northern neighbor. The challenge ahead is for Mexico and the United States to work together to strengthen the good and diminish the bad in this close but still unequal relationship.
Q. So what is happening next door?
A. Mexico has transformed over the last three decades, mostly in good ways. It is now a vibrant, if at times messy, democracy. It has an open and globally competitive economy, and it has a growing middle class. Yet alongside these many positive trends, Mexico faces a crisis of violence. Over the last six years newspaper counts put the drug related death toll at over 60,000, and some independent analysts estimates tens of thousands more. The question now is where will Mexico head – what path will it take in the twenty-first century. Can Mexico reach its real potential – becoming a top ten world economy, a market-based democracy, a strong ally for the United States and a leader among emerging countries; or will it be consumed by instability, corruption, and crime.
Q. What can the United States do?
A. Working together means not just a new set of policies but also a larger shift--to a true partnership. It should start with people, and reforming immigration laws to support rather than shun the binational individuals and communities that already exist¬ and link the two nations. It means embracing and deepening economic ties, recognizing that a rising tide can lift all boats. And it requires shifting U.S. security cooperation to move beyond drug trafficking to focus on reducing the general crime and violence afflicting Mexico’s people. In this the United States will need to take a hard look at its own drug, gun, and money laundering policies, and consider the bilateral effects of domestic decisions.
Q. How will Mexico affect the United States?
A. Whether we like it or not, the direction Mexico takes now affects not just Mexico’s citizens but also Americans. And while there is much to lose, there is much more to gain. In fact, Mexico is less a problem and more an answer for the economic, security, and diplomatic challenges the United States faces today.
This book is an incredible journey through the untold stories of a shared economic interest between both Mexico and the United States. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diana Angelo
This is the most clear explanation of the relationship between Mexico and The United States I have read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Warren Hardy
This is a decent overview of contemporary US-Mexico relations however the author seems to have a big blind spot with regard to the historical sensitivities and conflicts,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by athena_ak
A well written book by an american who is as objective as she can be. We, mexicans and americans are bound to work together for the forseeable future. Read morePublished 10 months ago by enrique pasta
This excellent book looks at the strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the border and shows, in multiple ways, how both countries need the other in order to be all that each... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cole Brown
As an ex-pat living in Mexico I have had some difficulty understanding this country. This book is the single best thing that I have ever read in offering insight into contemporary... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert Fogelnest
A timely read for anyone who cares about Mexico or the US. O'Neil makes a strong case for why the two nations are permanently connected, for the better of both. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
SHOULD BE READ BY ALL CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS FROM MÉXICO AND THE USA, AND BECOMO COMPULSORY READING IN SCHOOLS OF POLITICAL SCIENCES, GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS AT UNIVERSITIES... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ANTONIO MADERO