A Failed Relationship

Slate looks at America’s dysfunctional ties with Mexico.

How can two countries that share a 2,000-mile border and centuries of history know so little about each other? As President Barack Obama prepares for his April 16 visit to Mexico, Slate and the New America Foundation teamed up to produce a series of articles that explores the strained relations between the United States and Mexico.

Meet the Narcos: Mexico’s drug cartels have terrible marketing skills. The government hopes it stays that way,” by Susana Seijas. Posted April 14, 2009.


Our Model Neighbor: Ignore the bad press; Mexico has undergone an economic and political transformation over the last decade,” by Barbara Kotschwar. Posted April 14, 2009.

Calderón’s War of Choice: How Mexico’s war on drug cartels is like the war in Iraq,” by Jorge Castañeda. Posted April 14, 2009.


Distant Neighbors: The massive misunderstandings that plague the relationship between the United States and Mexico,” by Andres Martinez. Posted April 14, 2009.

What Turkey Can Teach Us: In search of a more perfect union with Mexico,” by Parag Khanna. Posted April 14, 2009.

Plus, great editorial cartoons about Mexico.

From Slate’s archives:

Dispatch From the Mexican Border: Why the security fence will never be built,” by Eliza Barclay. Posted Feb. 19, 2007.


Flight Simulator: When crossing the Mexican border—or pretending to—is a walk in the park,” by Ian Gordon. Posted Dec. 29, 2006.

Dispatch From Oaxaca: What happens when a tourist destination becomes a war zone?” by Jan Jarboe Russell. Posted Dec. 21, 2006.

What’s a Double-Layer Fence?: The latest trend in border protection,” by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 25, 2006.

Mexican Standoff: Will Mexico have a new president any time soon?” by Eliza Barclay. Posted July 10, 2006.

On Patrol With the Minutemen,” by Judd Slivka. Posted April 6, 2006.

Frist, Do No Harm: Why we don’t need an immigration reform bill,” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted April 5, 2006.

Baja, Top to Bottom,” by Seth Stevenson. Posted Dec. 16, 2005.

Mexican Standoff: The complex—and imbalanced—legalities of cross-border justice,” by Noah Leavitt. Posted Dec. 14, 2005.

How the Border Changed Us,” by Judd Slivka. Posted Dec. 7, 2005.

Identity Crisis: Why we shouldn’t worry about Mexican immigration,” by Francis Fukuyama. Posted June 4, 2004.

Rest in Paz: The death of a Mexican hero,” by Sarah Kerr. Posted April 26, 1998.