Mexico’s Public Diplomacy
While immigration issues remain at the forefront of Mexico-US relations, the country is undertaking several national efforts to engage the world public in order to bolster the national image. Mexico’s popular tourist destinations serve as an overwhelming catalyst for foreign travelers and investors. Government and private organizations, such as COMEXUS, look to foster increased cultural understanding between Mexico and the nations of the world.
Mexico & China - Tourist Diplomacy?
The Los Angeles Times ran a story in March, 2006 on Mexico’s eager plans to attract the expanding Chinese tourist market. Mexico’s tourism business, which ranks as the second most profitable sector for foreign revenue, is making strong efforts to reel in the Asian nation's tourists, who are likely to spread a worldwide economic boom as China's disposable income rapidly rises. The article notes Mexico’s desire to overcome several important obstacles to draw travelers, including the establishment of Chinese restaurants throughout the country.
- Population - 107,449,525 (July 2006 est.)
- Capital – Mexico City
- Government – Federal Republic
- President - Felipe Calderon (2006-2012)
- Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Cultural Services Unit
- Matias Romero Institute
- Secretaria de Communicaciones y Transportes – Secretary of Communications and Transportation (in Spanish)
- Goethe-Institut Mexiko - in Spanish and German
International Broadcasting & Private News Organizations
Public Opinion Polls
- Publications & Discussion
- Mexico’s Election: A Public Opinion Perspective – CSIS (audio)
- An Electorate Adrift? Public Opinion and the Quality of Democracy in Mexico by James McCann & Chappell Lawson. Latin American Research Review 2003.
Zapatista Army of National Liberation
The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is a revolutionary group based in Chiapas, Mexico. Known for their anti-globalization, anti-neoliberalism stance and defense of the rights of indigenous people, the Zapatistas have managed to establish a signifcant international presence particularly by making use of the internet and other communication tools to enlist support from international civil society.
- Living In Mexico – The Chronicle of a European Entrepreneur
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