U.S.–MEXICO FUTURES FORUM Collaborating for Our Common Future


James Lamb provides an overview of issues facing both Mexico and the United States, including inequality, globalization, and political instability.

The United States and Mexico not only share a 2,000-mile border — walls, fences, and patrols notwithstanding — but will remain highly integrated neighbors, whatever the quality of the relationship. As the great Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes put it, paraphrasing a famed statement by the Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz a century earlier, “Poor Mexico, and poor United States, so far from God and so close to each other!” That said, the incendiary rhetoric targeting Mexico and immigrants in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and much of what has happened since to translate that rhetoric into policies have fueled a hostile atmosphere and put sharp strains on the relationship.

James G. Lamb
Publication date: 
August 16, 2017
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article