Segunda-feira, 14 de Janeiro de 2013

IPRIS Viewpoints 114

Sean Goforth, "Is Brazil Mexico Thirty Years On?" (IPRIS Viewpoints, No. 114, January 2013).

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Quinta-feira, 10 de Maio de 2012

IPRIS Viewpoints 96

Pedro Seabra, "Brazil and Mexico: Latin America in-between" (IPRIS Viewpoints, No. 96, May 2012).

 

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Terça-feira, 3 de Agosto de 2010

Mexico’s legitimacy problem

By Pedro Seabra

 

Headlines for Mexico’s drug war fatalities have become a constant in recent times. President’s Felipe Calderón tough strategy on the country’s numerous and prolific drug cartels, has so far only led to questionable successful results – 23.000 deaths in the past three years – and the picture is not likely to get better any time soon.

Amidst all this, Mexico’s stance abroad is considered another casualty of this war. Indeed, long were the days that the country ambitioned for a leading role, that could capitalize on its natural size on one hand, and the neighbourly relationship with the U.S. on the other. The internal disarray has only helped to taint and discourage any intended foreign agenda.

Even the meeting of more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean nations this February in Cancun – all seeking a new institutional format other than the OEA, i.e., without the U.S. or Canada’s participation – resulted in nothing more than another uncertain project in the Southern continent’s regional integration ideas pile. Such occasion was supposed to mark Mexico’s newfound regional perspective but in turn, ended up as just another foreign policy setback.

Hit hard by the international financial crisis, Mexico has had a rough time in asserting its foreign positioning. While the G20 attendance or the EU partnership could be seen as contradicting such view, in the end, such milestones are essentially overshadowed by the country’s internal turmoil.

Ultimately, whatever objectives undertaken to enhance the country in international stages, will always be dependent on the image the country presents. With disturbing news circling the globe, it will become increasingly harder for Mexico to see and present itself as legitimate and credible power broker.

 

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