Author(s)Mangels, John C.
Contributor(s)AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
KeywordsGovernment and Political Science
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AbstractCritical examination of Congressional testimony and popular press assertions that Mexico's financial and political condition make it ripe for Marxist exploitation and therefore a threat to US security. Remarks on the historical relationship between the US and Mexico are followed by an analysis of five key issues confronting the two countries: foreign debt, trade, migration, illegal drugs, and foreign policy. The outlook for Mexican political stability is evaluated. The author concludes that Mexico's financial condition presents near-term challenges, but its progress toward recovery, economic potential, and inherent democratic outlook make predictions of political collapse and an eminent threat th US security overstated. Suggested US actions to further strengthen bilateral ties are provided.