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Posted on on March 25th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

We always keep wondering how business interests manage to convince themselves that what they feel is good for themselves is as well acceptable to others. One such preposterous US position is the belief that what is good for US business is as well good to the Latin States south of the border.

In effect the US problems with its immediate neighbors – Spanish-Speaking – is just that – you guess – they want a mind of their own.

I know that in effect I am unfair to the author of a new book reacting just to her title of her book – this without having read the book or even seen it.

My defense is that I just saw the title and did not like it – the title suggests just that – Mexico is tied to the US, and any Mexican who is not sold out to the US will tell you that they find it quite unfavorable to be in the proximity of the US – the big magnet that empties their country of content rather then what some North of the Border would love to call a cooperation for the benefit of both countries. After the title we find it hard to believe that the book can pick up the true side of things. {the editor of this website}

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Has Mexico made it? While grisly tales of narcotics violence and corruption dominate U.S. headlines, the United States’ third largest trade partner has undergone an unprecedented political, economic, and social transformation in the last three decades. This year alone, Mexico’s GDP is expected to grow between 3 to 4 percent, outpacing growth in Brazil, China, and the United States. Still, serious challenges remain, including security and a host of untackled structural reforms.

Please join Shannon K. O’ Neil as she presents her book, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. The Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, O’Neil will discuss the overlooked successes of Mexico as well as the challenges of U.S.– Mexico relations including immigration, economic integration, and drugs.


Shannon K. O’ Neil Author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (April 2013) and the Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Gray Newman Managing Director, Chief Latin America Economist, Morgan Stanley
Christopher Sabatini Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly

*Additional Discussant to be confirmed.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Registration: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Book Signing and Reception: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


680 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Book Launch: Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead
by Shannon K. O’Neil
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