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Shannon K. O’Neil

Mexico, the United States and the Road Ahead

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Two Nations Indivisible by Shannon K. O'Neil provides an insightful exploration of Mexico's current challenges and how they impact the US. It presents a comprehensive analysis of Mexican politics, economy, and society, offering an optimistic outlook for a prosperous and cooperative partnership between the two nations.

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    US news coverage of Mexico focuses on drug-related crime while ignoring positive developments in the nation.

    In 1997, Amado Carillo, an infamous drug lord and head of a major drug cartel in Juárez, Mexico, died in hospital while undergoing cosmetic surgery to disguise his identity. You can easily imagine what a juicy news headline this made and, of course, the US media ate it up.

    In fact, US news coverage of Mexico is primarily focused on drugs and crime. The city of Juárez is central to this narrative and the news of Carrillo's death is just one example of the American media’s obsession with the city.

    The focus on Juárez might be a result of the city’s location right along the border with the United States, just south of Texas and New Mexico. But it’s also a product of the city’s ludicrously high rates of drug-related crime.

    For instance, in 2009, there were over 2,500 violent, drug-related deaths in the city, the highest drug crime murder rate in all of Mexico. Just one year later, the number had risen to 3,000 deaths, making Juárez the most violent city on earth. Between 2007 and 2011, over 9,000 people were murdered by drug lords and dealers in the city.

    The American media is especially skilled at depicting all the tragedy and violence of the Mexican drug wars, but it misses the fact that the country has come a long way toward prosperity. While drug violence is still an issue, it shouldn’t overshadow the rapid progress Mexico is making in other areas.

    For example, Juárez is growing quickly, with new buildings and factories from well-known multinational companies, like Siemens and Bosch, emerging all the time. The city’s economic development has even been mentioned by Foreign Direct Investment magazine, a journal of the Financial Times Group. According to the journal, Juárez is a city with future prospects and a per capita income that’s above average for the country.

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    What is Two Nations Indivisible about?

    Two Nations Indivisible (2013) tells the story of the United States’ relationship with its neighbor to the south: Mexico. These blinks explain the profound connections between the two countries as well as the misunderstandings that keep them apart, with an emphasis on political and economic relations.

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    Two Nations Indivisible (2014) offers a fascinating exploration of the complex and interconnected relationship between the United States and Mexico. Here's why this book is a worthwhile read:

    • With meticulously researched insights and historical context, it sheds light on the challenges and opportunities facing both nations.
    • Through compelling stories of individuals and communities, the book brings the issues to life, making it both relatable and thought-provoking.
    • By analyzing key policy areas such as immigration, trade, and security, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the shared interests and shared destiny of these two nations.

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    In 2011, towards the end of Calderòns administration, five drug-related murders took place every day in Juárez.

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    Who should read Two Nations Indivisible?

    • Policy makers who want to understand more about the US-Mexico relationship
    • Educators and students interested in world politics
    • Americans and Mexicans hoping to understand each other better

    About the Author

    Shannon K. O’Neil is a specialist in Latin America at the Council on Foreign Relations, an American NGO and think tank that endeavors to educate the public on issues of foreign policy. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Two Nations Indivisible is her first book.

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