By Jacqueline Mazza
Supplying often-surprising insights into American overseas coverage, this booklet is the 1st finished research of the U.S. Government's public statements and activities concerning democracy in Mexico. Spanning the years from the relevant American situation of the Reagan management in the course of the 1995 Mexican peso drawback, Mazza makes use of revealing interviews with some of the prime U.S. coverage officers to probe underneath the outside of yank overseas coverage towards Mexico and query the set of getting older, unexamined assumptions below which it operates. by way of chronicling and examining how the U.S. has handled democracy in Mexico, she provides a brand new figuring out to United States-Mexico family and to the character of U.S. policy-making on democracy.
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61 The directive reportedly authorized, among permissible actions, the possibility of economic sanctions against Mexico. These sanctions, if used, were to be directed at changing not Mexican internal politics, but its external policy toward Central America. The directive ordered that these actions be taken so as to influence Mexican opinion for the upcoming May 1984 visit of De la Madrid to Washington. 62 After another meeting with Motley aides Craig Johnstone and James Michael at the State Department, Menges was told the campaign would go forward.
Both were careful to say they were repeating claims of the Mexican opposition, despite Helms’s attempts to get them to more flatly accuse the Mexican government of fraud. ”36 In Mexico’s defense, Abrams drew clear distinctions with the Soviet Union, pointing out that in Mexico there were opposition victories at the local level and a critical press. The most sensational electoral claims made by Helms were based on two alleged sets of electoral statistics for the 1985 regional elections and De la Madrid’s 1982 presidential election, which he produced and had placed in the official record.
S. media began to focus more on Mexican internal politics and upcoming elections in Sonora and Nuevo Leon in mid-1985. S. S. officials fed the impression that the Reagan administration sought political change in Mexico. S. S. press as the first real challenge to the PRI from the underdog PAN. “An ‘unprecedented’ challenge, threatening to crack the 55-year old dominance of national and state politics by the Institutional Revolutionary Party,”21 wrote the Washington Post. For the first time, the PAN was believed to have enough support for a shot at the governorships in Nuevo Leon and Sonora.