Mexico is an ally of the US and Canada, yet does not support every policy espoused by its more powerful neighbors. This can be seen in the following trends:
- Mexico is currently advocating for expansion of the membership of the United Nations Security Council, a position not supported by the US.
- Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Mexico did not send troops to join the US-NATO led force in Afghanistan.
- Mexico stridently opposed the US invasion of Iraq, refusing to send troops and voting against authorization of the war by the UN.
- Mexico has supported Cuba’s inclusion in regional and international bodies. Cuba has remained ineligible to participate in the Organization of American States, largely due to US influence, a policy condemned by Mexico.
- Mexico has close ties to other Latin American countries, including those considered hostile to the US. Most prominent among these currently is Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.