American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations

American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations

American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations

American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations

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The recent pacification of Mexico by adjustments resulting from the mission of Dwight W. Morrow, following two decades of unsatisfactory Mexican relations, has stimulated an increased interest in American Mexican policy which suggests that the occasion is a fitting one for the appearance of a historical review of American foreign policy in Mexican relations. In the formulation and practice of policies the American government, representing a rapidly expanding people, has doubtless learned lessons which may prove useful in later experience in seeking adjustments with Latin American peoples.

American relations with Mexico, largely a result of its direct proximity and the problems of American peaceful economic penetration, but also influenced by frequent Mexican periods of disorderliness and instability of government arising from Mexican internal conditions, have often been disturbed by suspicion and irritating controversy. The American diplomatic mission at Mexico has been the most important and the most difficult on the American continent.

American policy in Mexican relations has been determined chiefly by self-interest, directly or indirectly, but, also, by neighborhood and larger community interests, especially in relation to problems of the Caribbean and isthmian area. It has been associated chiefly with American expansion on the Gulf and the consequent desire for a logical permanent boundary, American Cuban and Central American policy, diplomatic presentation of claims, antagonism to European designs or intervention in America, problems resulting from American economic enterprise and investments in Mexico and the questions arising from conflicts of Mexican revolutions and social reforms with American interests in Mexico.

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