Director: Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies
Over the past thirty years, Mexico has changed dramatically, undergoing rapid and widespread social, political, and economic transformations. It has moved from a closed economy, a one party dominant polity, and poor nation to one with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and a burgeoning democracy. Yet, Mexico continues to face serious issues. Violence and insecurity, the dominance of economic monopolies and oligopolies, limited credit, and weak education and infrastructure hit Mexico's economy and its people. The way that Mexico addresses these current challenges will define its future.
What has also changed is Mexico's relationship with the United States. The two countries have been tied due to geography. But over the last three decades, the nature of this relationship has broadened and deepened to the point where arguably no other nation affects the United States and its citizens as much on a day-to-day basis. Companies, supply chains, energy, the environment, people, communities, beliefs, and security bind the two nations together, making Mexico's path forward matter more than ever for its northern neighbor. It is past time for the United States to forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor. Through research, outreach, and publication, including Shannon O'Neil's book Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, and her blog Latin America's Moment, the U.S.-Mexico Initiative aims to positively influence and shape U.S. policy toward Mexico. In no uncertain terms, America's future depends on it.