Issue 10, August 2009
|Letter from the Editors|
A century ago, Mexican leader Porfirio Díaz is reported to have lamented, “Poor Mexico. So far from God, so close to the United States.” This often quoted phrase is thought by many to illustrate much of Mexico’s history, as well as today’s reality. Mexico’s relationship with the US is variably described as one of exploitation, cooperation, or neglect. Despite its geographic location as part of North America, culturally Mexico is closer to South America. This gives it a unique position as an integral part of two very different political blocs: North America and Latin America. Having a foot in both worlds has often been difficult, complicating both Mexico’s experience of nation-building and its current geopolitical profile. In this edition of the Monitor we take a deep look both inside Mexico – at its politics, economics, and society – and at Mexico’s international position at the nexus of the Americas at this historical moment.
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