Analysis

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

Few neighbors have such deep and wide-ranging ties as the United States and Mexico. Both countries are bound not only by geography, but also through economic, security and social connections. Despite these strong connections—or perhaps because of them—the bilateral relationship is subject to strong pressures coming from domestic politics in both countries.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Great Decisions

Cover of UCSD US-Mexico Forum 2025 Energy & Sustainability Report showing a wind farm

US-Mexico Forum 2025: Energy and Sustainability Report

The world is in a transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that will change the way we use and produce energy and shape the sustainability of our planet. This paper, published by UC San Diego, addresses how Mexico and the United States can use their energy resources to deliver jobs, economic prosperity, and social justice at this transformational juncture in history, examining three areas fundamental to the US-Mexico energy relationship: sustainability; hydrocarbons; and gas, power, and renewables.

Lisa Viscidi, Carlos Pascual, Angélica Ruiz, David Crisostomo, Samantha Gross, Verónica Irastorza, Alejandra León, Jeremy Martin, John McNeece, Isabel Studer

Reports ˙ ˙ UC San Diego

Michael Shifter at the Inter-American Dialogue

Shifter: “Latin America is not in good shape today”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed by The Washington Diplomat on the current state of Latin American. The conversation examined the continuing migration on the US border with Mexico, the widespread regional discontent during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the lack of integration among Latin American countries as they continue fighting the effects of the pandemic. 

Michael Shifter, Larry Luxner

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Washington Diplomat

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Anticipating the Mexican Elections

On May 11, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event titled “Anticipating the Mexican Elections”. This discussion, moderated by Michael Shifter, featured panelists Shannon O’Neil from the Council on Foreign Relations, Juan Pablo del Valle from Mexichem, and Enrique Bravo-Escobar from the National Endowment for Democracy.

Irene Estefanía

Event Summaries ˙

Gustau Alegret and Michael Shifter Video

AMLO visita Washington DC

En esta entrevista con NTN24, Michael Shifter habló con Gustau Alegret sobre la reciente reunión entre Donald Trump y Andrés Manuel López Obrador en la Casa Blanca, y sus implicaciones para los EEUU, México y Venezuela.

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Who will save Brazil’s democracy if Jair Bolsonaro tries to destroy it?

Bolsonaro’s authoritarian rhetoric was hotly debated during the presidential campaign. His supporters embraced his brash promises to bring law and order to a country beset by crime, corruption and economic struggles. His opponents feared a resurgence of military rule or the emergence of a Duterte-style police state.

Michael Camilleri, Benjamin Gedan

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Miami Herald

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Assessing the Outlook for Energy Investment in Latin America

2019 marks the first year since new leaders in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico took office. We can now see more clearly the way their policy decisions have affected the energy sector and opportunities for investment. Meanwhile, Argentina holds presidential elections later this month. Venezuela, in turn, faces a worsening economic crisis as oil production plummets. Industry experts, government officials, and corporate representatives convened to discuss these issues and their regional impacts on October 2 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Julia Weil

Event Summaries ˙

Orozco in CNN Video

Orozco: “The Biden Administration proposal [must] approach the structural causes that have spurred migration not only in Central America”

Manuel Orozco, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, joined CNN for an interview to discuss the ongoing migration phenomenon occurring in Mexico’s southern border. The interview touched upon some of the causes of migration, the countries where large numbers of migrants are coming from, and why this issue needs to be urgently dealt with.

Manuel Orozco

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN

File Photo: López Obrador

Will Next Sunday’s Election in Mexico Be Free and Fair?

Mexicans go to the polls on Sunday, July 1, for the country’s presidential, legislative and local elections. What can we expect?

Nicolás Mariscal, Erich de la Fuente, Eduardo Bohórquez, Paul Lagunes

Latin America Advisor ˙

Michael Shifter interviewed by CGTN Video

US-Mexico trade relations in focus

CGTN’s Roee Ruttenberg spoke with Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, about US-Mexico trade relations after Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador visited the United States for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

Michael Shifter en Voz de América Video

Shifter: “Al final del día, hay demasiado en juego para México y para Estados Unidos como para dejar que esta relación se deteriore”

Entrevistado por Gonzalo Abarca para el programa Foro Interamericano, Michael Shifter explora varios aspectos de la estrategia del gobierno de Biden hacia América Latina. Se conversó también acerca de las políticas migratorias, la inversión en Centroamérica, la relación entre los Estados Unidos y México y las políticas hacia Venezuela y Cuba.

Michael Shifter, Gonzalo Abarca

Interviews ˙ ˙ Voz de América