Analysis Brief

Calderon by a Whisker in Mexico

In Mexico's closest election yet, conservative Felipe Calderon edges out leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by less than one percent of the vote to claim the presidency. Lopez Obrador announces he will contest the results, raising the specter of extended social instability.

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Analysis Brief

Mexico’s Presidential Wrangle

Mexico's presidential race ends in a standoff as Felipe Calderon and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador both claim victory. A massive recount begins amid fears that the contested results could threaten Mexico's young democracy.

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Analysis Brief

Mexico Chooses A President

The race between a populist and a pro-business candidate is neck and neck in Mexico's presidential election. The winner will have a strong impact on economic and political relations with the United States.

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Analysis Brief

Mexico's Race Down to the Wire

With Mexico's presidential and legislative elections less than two weeks away, CFR releases a new report that argues the United States should restore the U.S.-Mexico relationship and encourage collaboration on immigration, trade, and drug trafficking.

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Analysis Brief

Immigration Reaches a Summit

President Bush is in Mexico, where the issue of immigration is likely to dominate the trilateral North American summit. The U.S. Senate is debating proposals ranging from tougher enforcement measures against illegal immigrants to providing them with a path to citizenship.

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U.S.-Mexico Border Woes

Author: Esther Pan

As U.S. public opinion increasingly favors stronger immigration controls, the Senate considers a bill that would impose harsh penalties on illegal immigrants. The U.S.-Mexican relationship has suffered as a result.

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Task Force Report No. 53

Building a North American Community

North America is vulnerable on several fronts: the region faces terrorist and criminal security threats, increased economic competition from abroad, and uneven economic development at home. In response to these challenges, a trinational, Independent Task Force on the Future of North America has developed a roadmap to promote North American security and advance the well-being of citizens of all three countries. This report is also available in Spanish and French.

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