The Future of US-Mexico Relations: Strategic Foresight


This scholarly collection of essays predicts possible outcomes to key issues in the US-Mexico relationship.

Edited by Tony Payan, Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano and Jesús Velasco

ISBN: 978-1-55885-897-8
Publication Date: April 30, 2020
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 505

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The editors of this collection of sixteen articles argue the relationship between the United States and Mexico is at its most tenuous in recent memory. Each article explores the future of US-Mexico relations, focusing on relevant topics such as trade, water, drugs, health, immigration, environmental issues and security.

Employing a strategic foresight methodology, the authors use past trends and identify pivotal drivers to predict, based on indicators, at least three possible outcomes for the next few decades: a baseline or continuity scenario, an optimistic version and a pessimistic one. They also articulate the implications each forecast has for both nations.

Most chapters are co-written by a scholar from the United States and another from Mexico. While acknowledging it is impossible to predict the future, they nonetheless describe what could occur. Ultimately, the authors of the articles in this fascinating volume make recommendations to achieve a peaceful, integrated and prosperous North America that will drive the world economy. The book is required reading for anyone interested in the binational relationship and the well-being of citizens in both countries.