Clint E. Smith, a senior research
associate at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research,
is the author of a new book that describes the complex Mexico-U.S.
relationship from the beginning of the 19th century through the end
of the 20th. Inevitable Partnership: Understanding Mexico-U.S.
Relations was just published by Lynne Rienner Publishers,
Boulder, Colo. Smith, a retired U.S. diplomat, served on the Mexico
desk in the U.S. State Department and in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico
City as well as at a number of other Latin American and European