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Mexico : what everyone needs to know

I MAJOR ISSUES FACING MEXICO TODAYSECURITY AND VIOLENCE IN MEXICOWhy does Mexico have so much drug violence today?Has Mexico always had a drug problem?Which areas of Mexico are most affected by drug violence, who are the primary targets, and does the violence spill across the border?How are Mexico's security problems America's problems?What is the origin of the drug cartels and which organizations are the major cartels?What role has Mexico played in US Northern Command?What do Mexicans consider to be the most important issues facing the country?Does Mexico exercise political sovereignty throughout the republic?MEXICO’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTHow poor is Mexico?How is Mexico addressing its poverty?What is the economic relationship between Mexico and the United States?What is the impact of NAFTA on Mexico?What is the State of Mexico's economy today?What kind of economic model does Mexico follow?What does the Mexican economic model teach us about development?Why is Mexico City so polluted and can this condition be altered?How has Mexico addressed domestic and cross-border environmental issues?MEXICO’S POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTWhen did Mexico become democratic?How democratic is Mexico?Why did Mexico make the democratic transition so slowly?What can Mexico teach us about civil-military relations?Why has Mexico been so stable since the 1930s?What is the impact of the United States on Mexico's political development and democratization?RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATESWhat is the impact of geography on Mexico?What has happened with immigration to the United States?Could the International Boundary and Water Commission serve as an institutional model for other issues with the United States?What can the United States do to help Mexico?How has Mexico influenced the United States economically?MEXICO’S SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTHow inequitable is Mexican development and what are the social consequences?What is the current status of indigenous Mexicans?What are Mexican attitudes toward global environmental issues?II HISTORICAL LEGACIESMEXICO’S COLONIAL HERITAGEHow did the Spanish viceroys shape Mexico’s political heritage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?What was the relationship between church and state in Mexico and why was it so different from that in the United States?What consequences did the colonial relationship between church and state have for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?What is the most important heritage of Spain’s economic system in Mexico?How were social class relations determined by colonial experiences?THE NATIONAL PERIOD AND THE RISE OF LIBERAL- CONSERVATIVE CONFLICTSWhat were the long-term consequences of Liberal-Conservative Conflicts in Mexico?Who started the Mexican-American War and how did it affect relations with the United States?Who was Benito Juarez?What was the War of the Reform?Why was the Constitution of 1857 so important?Who was Porfirio Diaz and what was the Porfiriato?What were the long-term consequences of the Porfiriato for the twentieth century?THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION AND A NEW POLITICAL MODEL FOR MEXICOTHE MEXICAN REVOLUTIONWhat were the causes of the Mexican Revolution of 1910?Who was Francisco I. Madero?Who really was Pancho Villa?Who benefited most from the Mexican Revolution?Could Mexico have achieved changes in its structures through peaceful means instead of violence?How did the revolution alter political institutions and civil-military relations?What was the attitude of the United States toward the revolution?What is the Constitution of 1917?What was the cultural impact of the Mexican Revolution on painting, music, and literature?THE EVOLUTION OF MODERN POLITICAL STRUCTURES AFTER 1920Why did the assassination of President-elect Alvaro Obregon alter Mexico's political future?What was the influence of Plutarco Elias Calles on the formation of a modern Mexican state?What is the National Revolutionary Party?Who was Lazaro Cardenas and how did he influence Mexico's political model?Why did Mexico nationalize the petroleum industry in 1939?Did Mexico participate in World War II?When did civilian leadership take control of the Mexican political system?What is the Aleman generation and what were its consequences for Mexican politics?What is the Institutional Revolutionary Party?What is the Mexican economic miracle?What is the National Action Party?THE DECLINE OF THE INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY AND THE MEXICAN MODELWhat was the Tlatelolco Student Massacre of 1968 and what were its long-term political consequences?What was the “Dirty War” in Mexico?What was the impact of the 1964 electoral reforms?What were the leading political characteristics of Mexico's semiauthoritarian model?What were the consequences of the nationalization of the banks in 1982?Did Mexico’s economic woes in the 1980s have significant political consequences?MEXICO’S DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONHow did Carlos Salinas alter the Mexican political model?Why is the presidential election of 1988 a benchmark for democracy in Mexico?Who is Cuauhtemoc Cardenas and what is the Party of the Democratic Revolution?What is NAFTA and how did Carlos Salinas change Mexico's economic model?Who are the technocrats?When did an opposition party win its first governorship in Mexico?What was the Zapatista uprising of 1994 and what were its political consequences?What were the consequences of the Zapatistas for civil-military relations?Why is the presidential election of 1994 considered a second benchmark in the democratic transition?What was the role of the Catholic Church in the 1994 presidential race?What were the consequences of the assassination of the Institutional Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994?How did President Zedillo contribute to the democratic transition?What is the Mexican bailout?III MEXICO’S PRESENT AND FUTUREMEXICO’S DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATIONPOLITICS OF DEMOCRACYWhy was the 2000 presidential race essential to Mexico's democratization?Who is Vicente Fox?What was the Transparency Law?What is “Amigos de Fox”?What was the role of the private sector in the democratic consolidation?What are the most important interest groups?What was the role of the media in the process of democratic consolidation?What role did intellectuals play in Mexico's democratization?FURTHER CONSOLIDATIONWhat happened in the 2006 presidential race and how did it strengthen Mexican political institutions?Why did Felipe Calderon win the election?Who is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador?Why did the Institutional Revolutionary Party win the 2012 presidential election?What is the National Electoral Institute?What do the Mexican people think about the government's war on organized crime?What impact does the army's mission against organized crime have on civil-military relations?How do Mexicans define democracy and how committed are they to democratic governance?What do Mexicans expect from democracy?What is the Pact for Mexico?CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTSWhat are Mexican religious beliefs and religious relationships?How is the drug war influencing cultural and religious behavior?What are Mexican attitudes toward gender roles?How tolerant are Mexicans of minority groups?What is Mexico's impact on cultural trends in the United States?WHAT LIES AHEAD?SELECTED SUGGESTED READINGS IN ENGLISH

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