Mexico Institute, 4/11/2012
In this article, Leonardo Curzio, renowned journalist and academic at UNAM, lays out the main topics for the national security agenda of Mexico as well as the issues that the country will have to face in the future.
Curzio predicts that Mexico’s relationship with the United States will continue to be the most important axis point of Mexico’s foreign policy strategy. He explains that bilateral cooperation against terrorism should not be left behind, especially when considering the potential for terrorists to occupy Mexican territory as an operational base from which to inflict an attack upon the United States. Furthermore, Curzio argues, the U.S.-Mexico border represents interests that are vital for both countries, including economic, political, military, and particularly demographic concerns. Accordingly, Curzio states that the U.S.-Mexico border will be the most important topic in the Mexican national security agenda.
In terms of the national security agenda, Curzio also points out the importance of keeping an internal security strategy that can ensure political stability through the following elements: democratic governance, political order in the three levels of government, and development of institutional capacity, particularly for migration authorities and the police.
According to Curzio, Mexico is quite alone with its problems. He argues, however, that Mexico’s relationship with the United States should step out of what the sensationalist press says and instead find a position from which the doors of effective and mutual responsibility can finally open.
To read the full text that appeared on the March 2012 Spanish edition of Foreign Policy, click here.