Mexico’s problem goes beyond Trump

08/14/16 Gulf News

us mex flagThe irritation is palpable and plainly justified: The risks of a Trump presidency for Mexico are obvious and his jibes at Mexico and the Mexicans, unacceptable. Nobody disputes this. The question is whether Mexico can have a hand in stopping Donald Trump and derailing his candidacy, without provoking an unforeseen backlash.

Mexico’s geography has granted the country great economic opportunity, but it has not become a great political power. I don’t think anyone will declare Mexico to be a major regional power in Latin America. With that in mind though, and without underestimating the tarnished national dignity, the Mexican response to Trump cannot be visceral: Mexico must act in such a way as to improve its options without raising the risks.

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