Mexico, America, & The Road Ahead: Economics Speaker Shannon K. O'Neil
In her forthcoming book, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, O'Neil delves into the vast social, political, and economic changes that have transformed the country. Behind the stories of violence and drug wars that litter the headlines, there exists a rising middle class, an increasingly pro-democratic political structure, and an economy and manufacturing sector that is becoming competitive in the global market. In the book, and her groundbreaking talks, O'Neil explores the new Mexico—contrasting it wth the negative stereotypes of a now prospering nation. "In the past two decades, Mexico has become one of the most open and competitive economies in the world," O'Neil writes in USA Today, "with trade to GDP (a common measure of openness) reaching 63%, surpassing both the United States and China." She adds: "The neighbor Americans believe they have to the south, and the Mexico that has developed over the last 20 years, are two different places." With experience living and working in Mexico, Argentina, and greater Latin America, O'Neil brings a first-hand account of what's happening in these nations—and tells us why it matters.
Here's some of the advance praise her book has received so far:
"A good political and economic history of modern Mexico, the book will be of interest to those seeking a deeper understanding of the country." —Publishers Weekly
"Shannon O'Neil has combined her deep knowledge of Mexico with illuminating anecdotes and insightful analysis to set out the opportunities and challenges for Mexico and to persuasively make the case that a successful Mexico is of vital importance to the United States. In that context, she thoughtfully explores the policy paths that Mexico and the United States should pursue to realize the potential for Mexico's success that she strongly believes in. And, while this discussion is serious and important, it is also well written and engrossing." — Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations, and former U.S. Treasury Secretary