Presidential meeting in Mexico a symbolic shift toward partnership for prosperity

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS OFFICE

May 3, 2013

Presidential meeting in Mexico a symbolic shift toward partnership for prosperity

 

Gustavo Flores-Macias is a professor of government at Cornell University, former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, and author of “After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America.” He comments on today’s meeting between President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Flores-Macias says:

“The importance of the meeting between presidents Obama and Peña Nieto appears to be symbolic. Beyond the lofty rhetoric about increased cooperation in economic matters and educational exchanges, few details have surfaced about what that really means in concrete terms or whether anything will change meaningfully in these areas.

“Instead, the importance lies in the shift in stated priorities in the relationship: away from the unidimensional emphasis on security and the so-called war on drugs that had dominated bilateral summits in the last decade, and more toward a multidimensional ‘partnership for prosperity’ discourse.”

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