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Energy Is the Model for U.S.-Mexico Cooperation

Secretaries Rex Tillerson (L) and Luis Videgaray. (AP Photo)

February 27, 2017

Fresh off a visit to Europe to discuss global hot spots with G-20 partners, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now attending to another important relationship simmering much closer to home.

His meetings this week with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his cabinet, alongside U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, spanned a broad agenda from border security to law enforcement to trade. The latter has certainly galvanized public sentiments on both sides of the border. Feisty rhetoric of walls, tariffs and win-lose trade deals risk driving a wedge in the bilateral relationship.

Tillerson was tapped to be America’s top diplomat in large part for his acumen working with foreign governments to advance strategic interests and establish long-term commercial ties – experience honed while heading one of the world’s largest energy companies. Those same skills will be needed as the U.S. reevaluates its trade relations with Mexico.

Change of some sort is likely and implementing it is bound to be complex...

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