Latin American Challenges

Archive Report

Schism Over El Salvador

Conflicts Between United States and Mexico

The course of U.S. relations with its two closest neighbors seldom runs smooth.1 Attending to Canadian and Mexican affairs is, therefore, a top foreign policy priority of most incoming American presidents. Ronald Reagan visited Canada last month, and, until he was wounded by a would-be assassin's bullet on March 30, was scheduled to meet with Mexican chief of state José Lopez Portillo on April 27–28 in Tijuana and San Diego. Before taking office, Reagan met with Lopez Portillo on Jan. 5 at the border city of Juarez.2

The Reagan administration's evolving strategies in this hemisphere, and especially in strife-torn Central America, have cast a shadow over Washington's dealings with both Canada and Mexico. In Ottawa, Reagan was ...

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