Human Security: The Emerging Paradigm for Understanding Global Vulnerabilities
In a New York Times Op-Ed piece, Jorge G. Castañeda offers a way for Felipe Calderon to ease tensions in Mexico.
President Calderón discusses recent developments in Mexico, bilateral relations with the United States, and the country's role on the international stage.
In an op-ed that appeared this week in USA Today, O'Neil argued that the main obstacle to better relations between the two countries is Americans' perceptions of Mexico and its people:
"In Americans' psyches, drugs dominate. When advertising firm GSD&M and Vianovo strategic consultants asked Americans to come up with three words that describe Mexico, nearly every other person answered 'drugs,' followed by 'poor' and 'unsafe.' Other questions reveal Americans see Mexico as corrupt, unstable and violent, more problem than partner. Americans had more favorable views of Greece, El Salvador and Russia."
Read O'Neil's USA Today op-ed "Mexico Isn't a Gangland Gunbattle."
In the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs, Castañeda and historian Héctor Aguilar Camín claim that there is a political mandate in Mexico that calls for less corruption, greater rule of law, and improved economic justice:
"Mexicans' clamor for prosperity is no longer negotiable, and today, the country is less than a generation away from becoming the full-fledged middle-class society it aspires to be. But only if it gets to work now."
Read Camín and Castañeda's essay "Mexico's Age of Agreement."