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Shannon K. O'Neil

Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Expertise

Latin America, Mexico, Brazil; policy reform; security; trade; energy; immigration.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Mexico Makes It

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil

Even as Mexico continues to struggle with grave security threats, its steady rise is transforming the country's economy, society, and political system. Given the Mexico's bright future and the interests it shares with the United States in energy, manufacturing, and security, Washington needs to start seeing its southern neighbor as a partner instead of a problem.

See more in Mexico; Economic Development; Latin America and the Caribbean

Op-Ed

Mexico Isn't a Gangland Gunbattle

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil
USA Today

Shannon K. O'Neil says, "[American] perceptions reflect the Mexican reality that dominates headlines: soaring crime rates and gruesome murders in a war against drug traffickers. But this window into Mexico overlooks an economic transformation and deepening ties with the United States that reflect a dramatically different country."

See more in Economic Development; Mexico; Latin America and the Caribbean; Emerging Markets

Recent Activity from Latin America's Moment

CFR Events

General Meeting ⁄ New York

Presidential Inbox Series: Latin America

Panelists:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, Arturo A. Valenzuela, Senior Adviser for Latin America, Covington and Burling LLP; Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Sergio J. Galvis, Partner, Sullivan and Cromwell LLP
May 29, 2013 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting

Realizing Democracy: Lessons from Mexico and Brazil

Speaker:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Director, Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
May 23, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Academic Conference Call

Energy Innovation in Brazil, China, and India: U.S. Policy Implications

Speakers:

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
February 2, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

Beyond NAFTA: Raising Cross-Border Competitiveness

Speakers:

Jorge Mariscal, Partner and Director of Investment Research, Rohatyn Group; Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University, Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Juan E. Pardinas, Director of Public Finance, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO)

Presider:

Ana Paula Ordorica, Journalist, Televisa/Grupo Imagen
November 10, 2010

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Conference Panel Session

Regional and Multilateral Responses

Speakers:

Adam Isacson, Director of Programs, Center for International Policy, Francisco Thoumi, Tinker Visiting Professor of Latin America Studies, University of Texas

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, CFR
November 18, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

Latin America Policy in the Obama Administration

Speakers:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
April 2, 2009

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Foreign Policy Inbox: U.S.-Mexico Relations

Speakers:

Barry R. McCaffrey, President, BR McCaffrey Associates LLC; Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, United States Military Academy; Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (1996-2001), Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Scott Malcomson, Foreign Editor, The New York Times Magazine
February 20, 2009 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch Buffet
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Bio

Shannon O'Neil is Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. Her expertise includes U.S.-Latin America relations, trade, energy, and immigration. She is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States. She also directed CFR's Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality.

Dr. O'Neil has testified before Congress on U.S. policy toward Mexico and she is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs. She has also spoken at numerous academic, business, and policy conferences. Her work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Americas Quarterly, Política Exterior, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among others. Her blog at shannononeil.com analyzes developments in Latin America and U.S. relations in the region.

She has lived and worked in Mexico and Argentina, and travels extensively in Latin America. She was a Fulbright scholar; a Justice, Welfare, and Economics fellow at Harvard University; and has taught Latin American politics at Columbia University. Before turning to policy, Dr. O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital and Credit Lyonnais Securities. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.