Book Review: Understanding Mexico’s Security Conundrum

By William H. Godnick

Agustin Maciel-Padilla’s new book looks beyond the simple narratives about the country’s violence.

Not so long ago, in response to political rhetoric in the United States, former Mexican president Vicente Fox was quoted as saying “Instead of building walls, we should be building bridges.” This can describe Mexico’s national challenges and frustrations on many fronts, whether they be in the spheres of water resources, security, trade or migration. Living next to the world’s most powerful country and largest economy often means that most Mexican foreign policy actions and decisions necessarily gravitate around the relationship with the neighbor to the north. It is in this context...

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