Mexico is not seen by the US as a great partner: Duncan Wood 

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The Vice President of Strategy of the Wilson Center indicates that the country lacks a diplomatic strategy. 

This Wednesday Alicia Bárcena will travel to Washington for the first time as Secretary of Foreign Relations  

The bilateral agenda, as is usually a constant, is exceeded. As if it were a cruise, the issues run one by one: elections, migration, security and trade. There is no shortage of controversies: buoys at the limits of Texas, fentanyl and USMCA. 

Duncan Wood, Vice President of Strategy at the Wilson Center, comments to El Economista on a topic that perhaps has its roots in political communication and lobbying. It refers to the perception that a part of the political body in Washington has about Mexico: “Mexico is not seen as a great partner at this time, despite all the efforts of the AMLO government (particularly) to take care of the “dirty work “by controlling Central American transmigration”. 

Indeed, from the migratory gift that Marcelo Ebrard promised Mike Pompeo two weeks before the start of the AMLO government to the collaboration in terms of externalities that Title 42 represented, the Mexican government has lent its shoulder to the United States. 

In Duncan Wood’s opinion, the United States does not see Mexico as a great partner due to “Mexico’s lack of a diplomatic strategy before the US Congress, a fact that is producing negative effects for Mexico this election season.” 

For Duncan Wood, “the true center of power in Washington is the Capitol,” which is why he recommends that Alicia Bárcena “focus not only on the White House.” 

To follow up on the bilateral agenda during his two-day visit, Bárcena will hold meetings with United States Government officials, including secretaries Antony Blinken and Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, with whom she will discuss the immigration issue and the fight against arms and fentanyl trafficking. 

She will hold the first meeting with leaders of the Mexican community residing in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. In addition, she will participate in a discussion with the Atlantic Council. 

  Source: El Economista