Although relations with Central America dominated U.S. foreign policy with its southern neighbors during the 1980s, relations with Mexico will likely shape U.S. foreign policy in the next decade. This book examines the troubled nature of the triangular link between Mexico, Central America, and the United States in order to understand the implications of U.S. policy for peace and development in the Western Hemisphere. The book begins with an analysis of Mexico's foreign policy and its historical role in seeking diplomatic solutions to volatile situations in Central America. The authors then assess the probable impact on the region of increased economic integration, particularly the U.S.-Mexico free trade agreement, especially important in light of Mexico's enormous debt and immigration issues. Special attention is also given to diplomatic aspects of the relationship, with a focus on the process of negotiations to resolve conflicts in Central America. A lengthy epilogue offers critical commentary on key issues discussed in the text by such prominent figures as Jesse Jackson, Carlos Vilas, David Ibarra, and Guadalupe Gonzales.

chapter |12 pages


ByH. Rodrigo Jauberth

chapter Chapter 1|37 pages

Mexican and U.S. Policy Toward Central America

ByJesús Hernández

chapter Chapter 2|54 pages

The Mexico–Central America–United States Triangle and the Negotiations Process

ByH. Rodrigo Jauberth

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

Central America: Regional Crisis and Alternatives for Peace and Development

ByPedro Vuskovic

chapter Chapter 4|32 pages

Central American– Mexican–U.S. Relations: Present and Future

ByGilberto Castañeda

chapter Chapter 5|8 pages

The Future of Mexican–U.S.– Central American Relations: Final Considerations

ByGilberto Castañeda, H. Rodrigo Jauberth, Pedro Vuskovic, Jesús Hernández

chapter |16 pages

Epilogue: Commentary from Regional Specialists

ByH. Rodrigo Jauberth, Gilberto Castañeda, Jesús Hernández, Pedro Vuskovic