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  • Backgrounder posted October 31, 1988 by Esther Wilson A Review of 150 Years of U.S. -Mexican Relations

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 679 October 31,1988 A REVIEW OF 150 YEARS OF US.-MEXICAN RELATIONS INTRODUCTION From its earliest days as a fledgling republic, Mexico has struggled to maintain independence from its huge northern neighbor. Relations between t he United States and Mexico, more often than not, have been tense or unfriendly rather than…

  • Backgrounder posted July 29, 1987 by Esther Wilson Keys to Understanding Mexico: The PAN's Growth as a Real Opposition

    (Archived document, may contain errors) t 595 I July 29, 1987 1 I KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING MEXICO THE PAN'S GROWTH AS A REAL .OPPOSITION INTRODUCIION For the first time in Mexico since Francisco Madero ousted the dictator. Porfirio Diaz in 1910, opposition groups of all stripes have, begun to. question. openly the legitimacy of a ruling authoritarian political system.…

  • Backgrounder posted April 7, 1987 by Esther Wilson Keys to Understanding Mexico: Challenges for the Ruling PRI

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 573 April 7, 1987 KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING MEXICO CHALLENGES FOR THE RULING PRI INTRODUCTION Mexico faces mounting crises. Its economy is in shambles, and its $1 13 billion debt is the largest in Latin America. E ven worse is its political crisis. At stake is the legitimacy of a political system forged in a violent…

  • Backgrounder posted November 18, 1986 by Esther Wilson Why Chile Merits a World Bank Loan

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 547 November 18, 1986 WHY CHILE MERITS A WORLD BANK LOAN INTRO DUCTION Bowing to congressional pressure, the State Department has declared it will oppose a $250 million World Bank structural adjustment loan SAL) to Chile unless the government of General August0 Pinochet improves its'human rights record. The Bank's Bo ard…

  • Backgrounder posted September 12, 1986 by Esther Wilson El Salvador's Economy Sputters and U.S. Aid Policies Are theCulprit

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 534 September 12, 1986 EL SALVADOR'S EC.ONOMY SPUTTERS AND U.S. AID POLICIES ARE THE CULPRIT INTRODUCTION U.S. financial aid is pouring into El Salvador at the rate of almost $1 million per day. Since 1980, that country has received nearly $1 billion to reform and modernize its political, economic, and military systems. This'U.S.…

  • Backgrounder posted July 17, 1986 by Esther Wilson What the U.S. Should Do As Mexico Heads for Crisis

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 524 July 17, 1986 WHAT THE US. SHOULD DO AS MEXICOHEADS FOR CRISIS INTRODUCTION United States policy toward Mexico is at a crossroads. As Mexico struggles through its worst political and economic crisis since the violence of the 1910 Mexican revolution, Washington agonizes over how to support the stability of its neighbor to the…

  • Backgrounder posted July 23, 1985 by Esther Wilson Peru's Fledgling Democracy Needs U.S. Help

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 446 July 23, 1985 PERU'S FLEDGLING DEMOCRACY NEEDS Urns; HELP INTRODUCTION On April 14, Peruvians went to the polls and elected Alan Garcia their new President. This election marked Peru's first constitutional succession from one civilian government to another in 40 years. It is a considerable achievement and demonstrates strong…

  • Backgrounder posted September 26, 1984 by Esther Wilson Why Mexico's Foreign Policy Still Irritates the U.S.

    (Archived document, may contain errors) September 26, 1984 WHY MEXICO'S FOREIGN POLICY STILL ' IRRI.TATES THE 'U.S INTRODUCTION In recent decades, the U.S. and Mexico have differed on foreign policy issues. For example, Mexican policy towaid Cuba has been open and cordial, while the U.S. has sought to isolate Castro. Today the differences between Mexico…

  • Backgrounder posted August 16, 1984 by Esther Wilson Mexico's Growing Problems Challenge U.S. Policy

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 373 August 16, 1984 GROWING PROBLEMS CHALLENGE US. POLICY INTRODUCTION Mexico today faces a growing political and economic crisis. Because of its proximity to the U.S and because of its'strate gic, economic and political importance, domestic developments in Mexico must be of interest to the U.S. While the U.S. should…

  • Backgrounder posted May 11, 1984 by Esther Wilson An Agenda for the U.S. - Mexican Summit

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