ManattJones Global Strategies Applauds President Obama’s Nomination Of Roberta Jacobson As Ambassador To Mexico

6/9/15 Market Watch

Department of State ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, an international consulting firm supporting U.S. companies and investors doing business in Mexico, applauds and fully endorses President Obama’s nomination of Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson as the nation’s next ambassador to Mexico.

“Roberta is an outstanding choice to be our next ambassador to Mexico,” saidMichael C. Camuñez, president and CEO, ManattJones Global Strategies, a former assistant secretary of commerce in the Obama administration who helped lead the administration’s commercial engagement with Mexico from 2010 through 2013. “Nobody understands the importance of the strategic relationship between the United States and Mexico better than Roberta, who has spent a significant part of her career working to strengthen bilateral economic, commercial and security ties.”

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New Release: Accountability in the States and Federal District Public Security Contribution Fund (FASP) (in Spanish)

survey opinion checklistJoint publication by Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO), A.C. & Causa en Común, A.C.

This joint study by the IMCO and Causa en Común, A.C. presents an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the accountability mechanisms governing the exercise of FASP resources. By making a systematic analysis of 10 Mexican states and 5 core topics, this study provides a good overview of the current state of FASP and its implementation.  Based on good practices and weaknesses identified, both institutions offer recommendations and alternatives to improve the performance of FASP.

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Economy as Grand Guignol: The Postreform Era in Mexico

Mexican Flag XXLThe Mexico Institute is pleased to share with you William P. Glade’s chapter from the Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics, edited by Advisory Board member Roderic Ai Camp.

Deeply rooted in decades of pervasive corruption, a legacy cost of immense significance for the national political and economic life of Mexico, trafficking in narcotics is now seemingly unstoppable as a major export industry, a position it has been approaching for the past two or three decades. 1 In the years since its inception, it has been nourished by a particularly lethal combination: the strength of U.S. demand for imported drugs, thanks to the limited effectiveness of programs to arrest addiction, and a counterfl ow of exports of arms from the United States to Mexico. Since at least the sweeping sociocultural changes of the 1960s in the United States, this is the fundamental set of supply and demand relationships that has propelled this Mexican growth industry forward. As the infamous Colombian narcotics processing and exporting sector was more or less eliminated as a major player in the past ten years or so, Mexican suppliers have found their position in the North American market enhanced and, concurrently, have taken firmer control of supply routes feeding into Mexico from Central America, the Caribbean, and countries to the south and of zones of Mexico producing the materials used in narcotics production.

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New Article: Rural development and migration in Mexico


By Andrew Wainer

Development in Practice Journal, Volume 23, Issue 2, 2013

This article analyses one of the causes of migration in rural Mexico through the lens of US foreign assistance policy. US aid to Mexico – the largest migrant-sending country to the USA by far – does not sufficiently take into account the conditions of rural under-development and joblessness that encourage unauthorised migration to the USA. Instead US foreign assistance has been dominated by aid to Mexico’s security agencies. This article analyses how the link between rural underdevelopment and migration-pressures has not been successfully addressed by either the Mexican or US governments. The article also analyses an innovative development project that explicitly seeks to support campesinos with the goal of reducing unauthorised migration pressures in a traditional migrant-sending rural region of Mexico.

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PEW Study: U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico

Arrow Graph by Flickr user nDevilTV Research Global Attitudes Project, 4/29/13

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico, the United States is enjoying a resurgence of good will among the Mexican public, with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama.

A national opinion survey of Mexico by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 4-17 among 1,000 adults, finds that roughly two-thirds (66%) of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. – up from 56% a year ago and dramatically higher than it was following the passage of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law in 2010, when favorable Mexican attitudes toward the United States slipped to 44%.

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As President Obama Heads to Mexico, Americans Have Mixed Views of Neighbor Across the Border

flag waving 2The Chicago Council on Global Affairs & The Mexico Institute, 4/29/13

President Obama will visit Mexico on May 2, where he is expected to discuss ways to deepen US-Mexico economic relations and reinforce cultural and commercial ties between the two countries. While still plagued  by issues related to organized crime, today Mexico has one of the world’s fastest growing  economies, and it is the United States’ second largest trading partner and third largest source of oil.

But a just-completed survey (April 12-14) conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that American views of Mexico are at their lowest point ever in Chicago Council  surveys  and  relatively  few  are  aware  of  the  depth of bilateral   economic  integration.  At  the same  time, however, a majority still say that ties with Mexico are important and consider Mexico an economic partner rather than a rival. Taken together, the results suggest that increased public awareness of bilateral endeavors could boost support for increased economic and energy integration in the future.

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Document: Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill (Full Text)

shutterstock_49320484Politico, 4/17/13

Senate negotiators released a 844-page bill late Tuesday that aims to make the most substantive changes to immigration laws in nearly three decades. The bipartisan Gang of Eight filed the legislation that would create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrations, overhaul the legal immigration system and beef up border security.

The public roll-out was delayed because of the deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon, but the legislation is certain to spark an emotional debate that will dominate Washington for the remainder of the year. Authors of the the— dubbed The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 — say that it’s the “toughest border security and enforcement measures in U.S. History” in the legislation’s outline.