Mexico’s World Reputation Has Dropped from Developing Country to “Failed State”

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Violence in Mexico, a weak rule of law and security institutions influence the bad international image of the country (Youtube)
Violence in Mexico, a weak rule of law and security institutions influence the bad international image of the country (Youtube)

Espa帽olMexico’s international image has been on the decline since 2006, shifting of late to聽labels like “barbaric,” “ultra-violent” and “failed state.”

Universidad Iberoamericana recently released a report titled “The Image of Mexico in the World 2006-2015,” detailing the change the country has undergone, which by all counts shows that its reputation is not a good one in聽the eyes of those outside its borders.

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The聽study used聽a million informational sources, 10,000 of which came聽from international organizations as well as the media, diplomatic reports, social media, Internet search engines and film, among others.

Before 2006, the positive image of Mexico was one of the best worldwide, the report said, but it聽began to change with the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez. Then, perception worsened when聽Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed fraud in elections against聽PAN candidate Felipe Calderon.聽Later, a rebound in drug trafficking聽resulted in聽a war between聽cartels that was high in fatalities.

The study was conducted by聽Dr. C茅sar Rivas Villanueva, a researcher at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He said the聽country is being weighed down by social inequality,聽corruption, a dysfunctional legal system and “very weak” security institutions.

But on the other hand, the report said Mexico is also an “emerging” country with signs of economic progress, urban development and civil liberties.

“We are mariachi hats, tequila, Aztecs, Frida Kahlo and Chavo del Ocho,” the report said.

Source:聽Sin Embargo

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