Final Report | Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations
The relationship between Mexico and the United States, although undoubtedly facing its most severe test in decades, remains strong. However, the challenge to the status quo of the relationship in early 2017 does highlight the need to think about this relationship in a radically different way. In addition to reaffirming the truths of economic interdependence and mutual security support, it is clear that the time has come to focus on new issues in the relationship, to adopt a new tone, and to propose a new course. In each of the five issue areas addressed by this publication (economic competitiveness, security, migration, energy, and foreign policy), there are intriguing new directions that bilateral affairs can and should follow.
The authors of each of these chapters identify existing trends and initiatives, and look to the need to move the agenda forward to take into account the priorities of the Trump administration as well as the changing reality of the global economy and global system. Some of these ideas are new; others have been discussed before but have not had the opportunity to be adopted due to underlying political and economic realities or the priorities of previous U.S. and Mexican administrations. What is critical is the need to recognize the enormous benefits that accrue to both nations from the relationship, and the need to adequately compensate those groups in both societies that lose out from it.
About the Authors
Eric L. Olson
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
President, Migration Policy Institute
Earl Anthony Wayne
Former Career Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center; Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States; Founder & President, Sarukhan + Associates
The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute. Read more