Although relations with Central America dominated U.S. foreign policy with its southern neighbors during the 1980s, relations with Mexico will likely shape U.S. foreign policy in the next decade. This book examines the troubled nature of the triangular link between Mexico, Central America, and the United States in order to understand the implications of U.S. policy for peace and development in the Western Hemisphere. The book begins with an analysis of Mexico's foreign policy and its historical role in seeking diplomatic solutions to volatile situations in Central America. The authors then assess the probable impact on the region of increased economic integration, particularly the U.S.-Mexico free trade agreement, especially important in light of Mexico's enormous debt and immigration issues. Special attention is also given to diplomatic aspects of the relationship, with a focus on the process of negotiations to resolve conflicts in Central America. A lengthy epilogue offers critical commentary on key issues discussed in the text by such prominent figures as Jesse Jackson, Carlos Vilas, David Ibarra, and Guadalupe Gonzales.
Other PACCA Books from Westview Press -- Prologue -- Introduction -- Mexican and U.S. Policy Toward Central America -- The Mexico–Central America–United States Triangle and the Negotiations Process -- Central America: Regional Crisis and Alternatives for Peace and Development -- Central American– Mexican–U.S. Relations: Present and Future -- The Future of Mexican–U.S.– Central American Relations: Final Considerations -- Epilogue: Commentary from Regional Specialists