The Good Neighbor Strategy

Mexico's disputed election reflects a struggle for Latin America's soul. Moises Naim explains how that could help Bush define his legacy

A presidential election too close to call. Aggrieved voters in the streets. Partisans exchanging accusations of fraud and demanding manual recounts. Lawyers drooling in expectation of weeks of court fights.

Sound familiar? It should. Mexico City today feels a lot like Tallahassee, Fla., six year ago. But Mexico's election is about much more than who will become the country's next President, and its result will have lasting implications for Latin America as a whole. In 2000, although U.S. voters were choosing between two very different presidential candidates, only a minority felt that the outcome would drastically alter the basic foundations of...

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