Shannon K. O'Neil

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Mexico: Development and Democracy at a Crossroads

by Shannon K. O'Neil
February 9, 2011

Creative Commons TheCXI published a background piece that charts Mexico’s progress on economic and democratic reforms. It can be accessed here.

This brief forms part of CFR’s new Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The initiative aims to offer fresh thinking on what the United States and others–including foreign governments, corporations, NGOs, international organizations, and the leaders and citizens of developing countries themselves–can do to foster open, prosperous, and stable societies. The initiative focuses on four areas:  economic and political openness and reform; combating extremism through civil society; women and foreign policy; and entrepreneurship and economic development.

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  • Posted by Daniel R. Martin

    Shannon,
    I have lived and worked in Mexico. I think the single most important way we could help Mexico is by controlling the [American] insatiable demand for drugs, and the [American] supply of weapons from dealers near the border. To what extent do you feel there is awareness at the highest levels (White House, State Dept)of America’s contribution to the social breakdown we are witnessing in Mexico?
    Thanks,
    Dan Martin

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