Mexico's Rise

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Shannon K. O'Neil
Shannon K. O'Neil

Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

About the Project

Mexico has changed remarkably over the last three decades, moving from a closed to an open economy, an authoritarian to a democratic political system, and developing a substantial, if at times fragile, middle class. In the last two years it has passed an ambitious series of reforms ranging from education to antitrust, from financial to energy which together have the potential to further transform the nation. Still, the country continues to struggle with serious problems, including violence and insecurity, uneven human capital and education, and weak infrastructure. How Mexico implements these reforms and confronts these challenges will prove vital to the United States given the deep economic, social, and community ties between the two countries. Building upon my research for my book, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, as well as the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, North America: Time for a New Focus, I delve into the myriad of issues facing Mexico and explore what lies ahead for the country and its relations with the United States. In addition to writing op-eds, short articles, and blog posts for Latin America's Moment, I also convene the U.S.-Mexico Initiative Roundtable Series to discuss these issues.