Mexico Change and Adaptation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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The rapid process of change undergone by Mexico and its institutions to keep pace with recent developments in international affairs has had a major impact on the organization, structure and operation of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.1 As is the case with its sister bodies around the world, the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) has had to adapt quickly to new challenges and opportunities — often with little or no additional resources — and faces a vastly more complex international environment than ever before. Although historically equipped to respond to traditional diplomatic tasks, Mexico’s transition from a relatively minor player into an important actor on the international scene has meant that its primary foreign policy instrument — the SRE — has had to keep up with dizzying and often contradictory events. It has also had to implement a complex and continuing stream of modifications to update its structure, composition and operation.
KeywordsForeign Policy Foreign Affair North American Free Trade Agreement Foreign Ministry Senior Official
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