South America’s Strategic Value to Mexico

April 27, 2017 Mexico prioritizes relationships with South American countries that help support its livelihood and mitigate external threats.

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|April 27, 2017

Summary

Mexico, in geopolitical terms, faces fundamentally different realities than South American countries despite also being a former Spanish colony. Since gaining independence, Mexico has adopted a strategy of seeking closer ties with South America for primarily defensive motives. This regularly results in limited support from South American countries and Mexico refraining from responding to or interfering with domestic affairs in South America.

Mexico behaves as a North American nation and faces a different set of geopolitical realities compared to South American countries.
Pacific coast countries in South America – particularly Colombia, Peru and Chile – hold more strategic value for Mexico than Atlantic coast South American countries.
Mexico does not currently face any external existential threats but remains vulnerable to economic threats.

Introduction

Latin America is an academic and cultural term used to categorize countries in the Western Hemisphe

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