Shannon K. O'Neil

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O'Neil analyzes developments in Latin America and U.S. relations in the region.

Rethinking the Scorecard: Brazil vs Mexico

by Shannon K. O'Neil Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Fans outside Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium before Mexico and Brazil World Cup game (Siphiwe Sibeko / Courtesy Reuters).

Fans outside Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium before Mexico and Brazil World Cup game (Siphiwe Sibeko / Courtesy Reuters).

The conventional U.S. wisdom today is that Mexico is a problem, and Brazil is an opportunity. The reality is that while Mexico faces serious challenges, the United States shouldn’t count it out. And, while Brazil does present real promise, there are serious issues it has yet to take on.

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