Enrique Peña Nieto’s ‘economy first’ strategy for Mexico would also help US [Op-ed]

Op-ed, Luis Rubio, Christian Science Monitor, 12/3/2012

Luis Rubio
Luis Rubio

Mexico confounds. If one watches the news, either here or in the United States, most of what comes out about this country is violence among the drug cartels. But if one looks at its economy, Mexico has become the largest trading partner of almost 30 US states.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on Saturday, wants to change that mismatch by putting the economy first, which will require addressing the onslaught of the narco mafia in a very different way from his predecessor. This new approach has great potential, including improved public safety, and is one that Mexico’s northern neighbor should also embrace.

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