Mexico Facing Six Wars Not Just One
Secretary of State
I'm not minimizing
But I wouldn't be surprised if closer U.S.-Mexico security ties, likely to be announced during Mexican President
Instead, a paper written by former
-- First, what will Mexico do when it runs out of oil?
Oil revenues represent up to 40 percent of
-- Second, what will Mexico do when it runs out of water?
-- Third, what will Mexico do to better compete with
-- Fourth, what will Mexico do with its new generations of unemployed young people if it can no longer "export" them to
An estimated 1 million young Mexicans enter the labor force every year, and Mexico needs to grow at about 5 percent a year -- much more than it has recently -- to absorb them.
-- Fifth, what will Mexico do to bring its indigenous people, mostly living in its southern states, to the modern economy?
While recent governments have poured billions into southern states since the 1994 Chiapas rebellion, it is not clear that the region is benefiting as much as northern states from
Intrigued, I called Pardo Maurer this week and asked him if he is afraid, like some of his most alarmist colleagues, that Mexico might become an ungovernable place, or a "failed state."
"Mexico is very unlikely to be a failed state because of narco terrorists," he told me. "It is far more likely to become a failed state because of these other issues, and I fear that we will miss sight of them if we reduce our agenda with Mexico to narco-trafficking."
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