Mexico and the United States, and the Road Ahead

June 27th, 2013
The Mexico / U.S. relationship  is front and center today in the US Congress. But how much do you think members of Congress know about what’s really happening in Mexico?

If you were to think about a country that has made remarkable economic progress;  a nation whose once closed economy has become one of the most open in the world;  a country that has a growing middle class, a thriving multi party, competitive democracy and a growing skilled workforce that is helping to restore manufacturing;  most likely you would not think of Mexico.

Rather,  when we think of Mexico we often think of one of the most dangerous nations.  A place were over 70,000 people have been killed in criminal violence and whose law enforcement and judicial system has broken down.  The fact is that all of these things are true of Mexico.

It’s complexity and it’s future are open questions for the 21st century.  Few understand this better than  Shannon K. O’Neil.  She is a senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has degrees from Yale and Harvard and is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead.

My conversation with Shannon K. O'Neil: