A lawless border shootout with American guns in Mexican hands. Tragic stories of immigrants dying in the desert while heading north. Decapitations, kidnappings, and body counts. These sorts of grim tales dominate the media, infiltrate movies and TV shows, and ultimately shape Americans’ perception of Mexico as a dangerous country, overrun by brutal drug lords.
“a brilliant, well-documented roadmap…Leaders, public and private, on both sides of the border should take note.”
Carla A. Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative, and Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company
Without a doubt, the drug war is real. In the last six years, more than 60,000 people have been murdered in narco-related crimes. But there is far more to Mexico’s story than this gruesome narrative would suggest.
Hidden behind the headlines is a hopeful Mexico, one undergoing rapid and widespread social, political, and economic transformations. It is one of a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and increasingly influential pro-democracy voters. It is a thriving Mexico whose people, communities, companies, and commerce are intricately tied to the United States.
In her groundbreaking book, Two Nations Indivisible, Shannon K. O’Neil argues that the United States is making a grave mistake by focusing on the politics of antagonism toward Mexico. Rather, America should wake up to the revolution of prosperity now unfolding there.
This is the Mexico Americans need to get to know. Now more than ever, the two countries are indivisible. It is past time for the United States to forge a new relationship with its southern neighbor. In no uncertain terms, America’s future depends on it.