Summary of Two Nations Indivisible

Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead

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Two Nations Indivisible book summary
One in 10 Mexicans is a resident of the United States, yet US foreign policy overlooks Mexico’s importance.

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The governments of Mexico and the United States may improve their relationship despite a long history of unease, including armed conflicts in the 1800s and early 1900s. Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Shannon K. O’Neil believes that the 1994 implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among Canada, Mexico and the United States economically strengthened all three countries and improved US-Mexico ties. Governmental reforms under former Mexican president Vicente Fox and judicial reforms still pending from former president Felipe Calderón augur well for Mexico’s future. Greater economic and social integration of Mexico and the US will bring the two countries closer. O’Neil’s scholarly discussion of the US-Mexico relationship is sufficiently comprehensive for analytical readers, yet lively enough to engage a broader audience. getAbstract recommends this detailed, stereotype-busting description of modern Mexico and its rising middle class to students, policy makers, investors, and those interested in immigration and related issues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why US-Mexico relations need to improve
  • What factors drove the economic and social integration of the two countries
  • Why law enforcement should no longer be the central focus of US policy toward Mexican immigration
 

Summary

Diplomatic Distance, Economic Embrace
In the 19th century and early 20th century, the United States and Mexico went to war, “nearly always to the detriment of Mexico.” The countries fought over what would become Texas; Mexicans view its secession as “radical American immigrants threatening...
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About the Author

Shannon K. O’Neil is a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow for Latin American studies.


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