On Choosing an Ambassador

Last week, Inside México spoke with former US Ambassador to Mexico James R. Jones. As Ambassador Jones was being interviewed, the Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that the Obama administration had chosen Cuban born diplomat Carlos Pascual to fill the post recently vacated by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza. The report has yet to be officially confirmed.

Image:Manatt Jones

Former US Ambassador to Mexico James R. Jones

In this exclusive interview, Ambassador Jones, who served in Mexico City from 1993-1997, speaks about the unique challenges ofthe job, the role of the Secretary of State and the recent media focus on the battle against the Mexican drug cartels.

Inside México: In the last few weeks, Mexico has suddenly gone to the top of the news cycle. As an example, yesterday NPR, CNN and the New York Times all lead with stories on the drug-related violence in Mexico. Does this increase in coverage represent a media "'tipping point", a reflection of an actual increase in the level of violence, or both?

Ambassador Jones:  Many years ago I started out as a journalist, and what I've observed is that journalists tend to run with the pack. Once one goes with the story, they all follow suit, and this is even truer in today's 24-hour news cycle, which is very competitive.  The stories related to the drug war are also very sensational and violence like the beheadings attract viewers.

There has also been an increase in the intensity of the war between these criminal organizations and the Mexican government. The Mexican government, with help from the US government in terms of intelligence, has undertaken a determined effort to break these organizations. When you cut off the heads of the organizations, what ensues is a battle for leadership, and that's what you're seeing here. There is a fight for territory, for a share of the profits.

What we also need to recognize is that the violence is very localized and affects perhaps five or six states, mostly in the north of the country. Of the 8,000 deaths attributed to the drug wars, 90% of them are deaths of members of the drug organizations; 8% are law enforcement officials or military; and 2% or so are of innocent bystanders.

Now, I'm not saying that 150-200 innocent people killed is insignificant; but we do need to maintain some perspective. Most of the violence is concentrated in a few places in the north-Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Sonora, Chihuahua and only a very small part of the deaths are in other locations.

IM:  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on her first official visit to Mexico. What is the role of the Secretary of State in the relationship between the United States and Mexico?

AJ:Obviously the President is the most important part of the relationship, but after that comes the Secretary of State. Secretary Clinton will be the one providing leadership to all the other areas of government as we work through our challenges with Mexico. I think we're particularly fortunate to have her in this position, because she brings sensitivity and a great deal of respect for the country and its culture. She understands the cultural differences between our countries, which is critically important to the way we deal with problems. 

The role of the US in the history of its relationship with Mexico has not always been positive. Mexico has seen us as a paternalistic and preachy neighbor for much of our history, and as a result, Mexico has not always been as cooperative as the United States would have liked. But I believe what the Obama administration and Secretary Clinton bring to the table is a genuine sense of collaboration and partnership. 

IM:  We're anxiously waiting to hear who the Obama administration will name as Ambassador to Mexico. What are the specifics of the Ambassador's job?

AJ: The Ambassador is the frontline representative of the President of the United States on the ground. They are also a frontline reporter, giving the President firsthand information about what is really going on in the country. Additionally, they act as an interpreter to the Mexican government and Mexican people of what is happening in the United States.  

It's important that the Ambassador convey a deep respect for Mexico, and that they have access to the President. I hope we'll get someone in place as soon as possible because it's a critical piece in facilitating bilateral relations.

 

During my tenure at the US Embassy from 1973 to 2001 Amb. James Jones was one of the best diplomats we ever had. He previously worked at the New York Stock Exchange. He learned Spanish from one day to the other. He was a serious, committed representative of the United States President at that time. I congratulate Insidemex for having selected him for this interview.

I underwent two of the most horrible tragedies in my life while Mr. Jones served in Mexico. Once he brought into his office my son -then just a kid- to comfort us and provide us with useful guidance, recommendations.

After I lost my home as consequence of the 1985 earthquake Amb. Jones offered me the chance I needed for survival: a part-time job outside official business hours which allowed me to carry on with delicate obligations such as my son's education in one of the most expensive private universities in this country. Also, a place to live, a roof, cover basic needs.

Many of us -citizens of Mexico- were able to receive limited financial help from US Embassy employees, extreemely useful to overcome such a horrendous tragedy. Thanks to him I received my 4th Meritorious Honor Award by the State Department on occasion of my involvement in the USG relief to assist victims of such a devastating earthquake. Amb. Jones is a Good Man..

Jefe Jim Jones, ¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!

This case may be of your interest, as the Secretary of State Visit to Mexico came to an end and important issues such as HUMAN RIGHTS and the .. Cuencame Case are ignored by both the US and Mexican Governments. I'd hope someone could call on DCM Leslie Basset and ask her to please contact Jose Esparza who is in the edge of an emotional collapse, as this report is going around the world and President Barack Obama's Visit to Mexico is fast approching:

http://www.securitycornermexico.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vi...

Pursuant to the topic of this interview, this link of my website may offer addtional view points about Secretary of State Clinton's Visit to Mexico and the issue of the war against drugs.

http://www.securitycornermexico.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vi...

This article is part of a section called

Smuggled US Firearms Fuel Drug Violence in Mexico

http://www.securitycornermexico.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=ca...

Also, I believe it is important to always consider, value all opinions in Mexico, to include the left.

According to Proceso magazine the new ambassador offers zero experience in Mexico or Latin American affairs..

More here

http://www.proceso.com.mx/noticias_articulo.php?articulo=67422

FYI, Carlos Pascual is a Brookings vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings. A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and senior director on the National Security Council staff, he focuses on post-conflict stabilization, international security policy, nonproliferation and economic development with particular focus on Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

More, HERE

http://www.brookings.edu/experts/p/pascualc.aspx

Warmest Regards

People all over the world know the abercrombie and fitch,but not everyone really knows how fashion the abercrombie is,hollister is the Legend maker. Everybody wears the hollister clothing would be the abercrombie mens and the abercrombie womens, if you want know you can search the Ruehl No.925 or abercrombie outlet in the www.google.com .
abercrombie hoodiesabercrombie hoodiesabercrombie sweatersabercrombie sweatersabercrombie jeansabercrombie jeansabercrombie teesabercrombie tees

People all over the world know the abercrombie and fitch,but not everyone really knows how fashion the abercrombie is,hollister is the Legend maker. Everybody wears the hollister clothing would be the abercrombie mens and the abercrombie womens, if you want know you can search the Ruehl No.925 or abercrombie outlet in the www.google.com .
abercrombie hoodiesabercrombie hoodiesabercrombie sweatersabercrombie sweatersabercrombie jeansabercrombie jeansabercrombie teesabercrombie tees

Cartier Cartier
Cartier Jewellery Cartier Jewellery
Cartier Jewelry Cartier Jewelry
Cartier UK Cartier UK
Cartier Rings Cartier Rings
Cartier Love Ring Cartier Love Ring
Cartier Necklace Cartier Necklace
Cartier Love Necklace Cartier Love Necklace
Cartier Bracelets Cartier Bracelets
Cartier Love Bracelet Cartier Love Bracelet
Cartier Pendant Cartier Pendant
Cartier Love Pendant Cartier Love Pendant
Cartier Earrings Cartier Earrings
Cartier Love Earrings Cartier Love Earrings
Cartier Engagement Rings Cartier Engagement Rings
Cartier Love Engagement Ring Cartier Love Engagement Ring
Gucci Gucci
Gucci Shoes Gucci Shoes
Gucci Handbags Gucci Handbags
Gucci Bags Gucci Bags
Gucci UK discount gucci handbags
Gucci UK Gucci UK
gucci shoulder bag gucci shoulder bag
gucci purses gucci purses
gucci bags discount gucci bags discount
Gucci Handbags Sale Gucci Handbags Sale
ed hardy ed hardy
Abercrombie And Fitch Abercrombie And Fitch
shamwow shamwow
wedding dresse shop wedding dresse shop

High quality Corum Watches help you save a lot while enjoying the brand name's value. Want to have that high-end luxury Swiss watch on your hand, but buying a Franck Muller Watches car seems a better option. Yes, this is the reality. These status symbol watches carry a price tag that is beyond to afford for a normal Replica Panerai watches. But don't despair if you can't afford yourself to buy such expensive Rolex Watches. You have a nice opportunity to purchase prestigious replica watches. Some people like the look google of a genuine watches on their wrist, or just want many brand name replica swiss watches to match their dress, but avoid spending thousands of dollars that a real watch may cost, they turn to the good replica Breitling watches. If you don't want to buy genuine watches then high quality Panerai radiomir watches are your ideal choice. Jaer Le-coultre Watches‘ personal history has been rather unusual: this Parisian interior architect and designer by profession became a watch-architect in Besancon at the end of the 80's by creating his own IWC Watches company. Luck gave a helping hand to his passion for watches. At a time when the disappearance of mechanical Breitling watchesmaking seemed almost inevitable, he joined the very restricted club of Swiss manufacturers who were behind the rebirth of the mechanical watch. In his workshop on the banks of the Doubs Omega Watchesriver, Alain Silberstein creates and produces each year with the help of his 15 assistants, including 4 watchmakers, nearly 1,000 watches in different collections. Exceptional timepieces like the tourbillon, perpetual calendar, sports chronograph watches, jewelry watches with diamonds and art watches with cloisonned dials, have again become part of the former capital of French watchmaking. Bell & Ross Watches creates watches for everyday wear that are resolutely contemporary and genuine works of art. The movements are visible through the transparent back so that the exceptional finish of the piece can be admired. In 20 years, Swiss Cartier watches has been able to demonstrate that innovation, quality and service can enable a French brandname to take its place replica watches beside the famous Swiss watchmaking names.

Excellent post. This was actually what I was looking forghd straightenersghd hair straightenerscheap ugg bootsUggs, and I am glad that I finally came here! This for sharing ghd hair straightenersGHDand keep uped hardyed hardy clothing the good workGHDghd iv styler. thanks for this nice article Good postCoach handbags Christian Louboutin Shoes.Valuable information for allUGG Bailey Button Bootsugg boots. I will recommend my friends to read louis vuitton handbagslouis vuitton bagsManolo Blahnik Shoesthis for sure.
It has been long before I can find some useful articles aboutGHD IV Mini Stylerghd iv stylercheap ghdUGG Bailey Button BootsUGG Classic Short BootsUGG Classic Tall Boots. Your views truly open my minded hardy bootsed hardy handbagsed hardy jeans.You have given us some interesting points on ghd iv stylerghd straightenersghd iv salon styler. This is a wonderful article and surely worth readingUGG Classic Tall BootsuggsUGG Classic Short Boots. I greatly benefit from your articles every time I read one. Thanks for the ghdspurple ghd iv stylerghd 2010 info, it helps a lotHerve Leger Dresscoach handbagschristian Louboutin ShoesUGG boots. Good job for writing this brilliant article ofJimmy Choo Shoes Yves Saint Laurent Shoes Alexander Mcqueen Shoes.

Shop prom dresses, formal dresses, prom shoes, 2010 designer prom gowns at dres4sale.
for cocktail dresses, dresses for prom, homecoming dresses, and evening dresses. Cheap prom dresses or couture designer evening gowns for your next formal.
evening dresses
Evening Dresses. Women's Formal & Special Occasion Dresses ... Welcome to Cheap Evening Dresses for Sale! ... Buy Cheap Evening Dresses Sales & Accessories
prom dresses
Abercrombie is the best online cheapest abercrombie and fitch shop where you can buy the discount abercrombie clothes,Hoodies, Jeans, T-Shirts,Free .
Abercrombie & Fitch
an online store specializing in Abercrombie and Fitch Clothing, jacket, Shirts, Hollister, Ruehl No.925, Buy Cheap Abercrombie,
Abercrombie
links london sale
links of london
New Style Links of London Jewellery On Sale.Buy Links of London Charm Get Free Pendant & Buy Links of London Bracelet

Nike Air Max Shoes, not only is the sneakers of consolidating high-tech sporting but also emphasizing the fashionable outer designs, is working consquently together with fashion icons worldwide.We offer great products from nike air max 90, nike air max 95, nike air max 360, nike air max 2009 and many more, they are on hot sale.Our purpose is to offer a low cost alternative to high designer shoes prices. We listen to our customers, adding the latest men's and women's trendy styles.

Find nike air max running shoes and buy nike air max online, Kicksinfo,Inc. is your best choice. We can provide Fashion design High quality nike air zoom shoes for you. All products on our site are already marked down 30-60% off retail price.

i agree with the above comment, the internet is with a doubt growing into the most important medium of communication across the globe
and its due to sites like this that ideas are spreading so quickly.

vps hosting | hosting | ucvhost

wedding dresses wedding dresses
Couture Wedding Dresses Couture Wedding Dresses
Bridesmaid Dresses Bridesmaid Dresses
Flower girl Dresses Flower girl Dresses
Prom Dresses Prom Dresses
Quinceanera Dresses Quinceanera Dresses
Wedding Accessories Wedding Accessories
Mother of the Bride Dresses Mother of the Bride Dresses
Couture Wedding Dresses Couture Wedding Dresses
Plus Size Wedding Dresses Plus Size Wedding Dresses
Informal Wedding Dresses Informal Wedding Dresses
Wedding Dresses 2010 Style Wedding Dresses 2010 Style

トリーバーチ トリーバーチ
tory burch tory burch
Tory Burch サンダル Tory Burch サンダル
Tory Burch ハンドバッグ Tory Burch ハンドバッグ
Tory Burch 財布 Tory Burch 財布

tiffany tiffany
tiffany jewellery tiffany jewellery
Tiffany 1837 Tiffany 1837
Tiffany Womens Tiffany Womens
Tiffany Mens Tiffany Mens
Tiffany Accessories Tiffany Accessories

links of london links of london
sweetie bracelets sweetie bracelets
links of london Charms links of london Charms
links of london Necklaces links of london Necklaces
links of london Bracelets links of london Bracelets
links of london Rings links of london Rings
links of london Chains links of london Chains
links of london Earrings links of london Earrings
links of london Pendants links of london Pendants
links of london Watches links of london Watches
links of london Packaging links of london Packaging

ed hardy ed hardy
ed hardy clothing ed hardy clothing
ed hardy WOMENS ed hardy WOMENS
ed hardy Accessories ed hardy Accessories
CHRISTIAN AUDIGIER CHRISTIAN AUDIGIER
ed hardy MENS ed hardy MENS
ed hardy KIDS ed hardy KIDS

クリスチャン ルブタン クリスチャン ルブタン
クリスチャンルブタン 通販 クリスチャンルブタン 通販
クリスチャンルブタン 激安 クリスチャンルブタン 激安
クリスチャンルブタン 店舗 クリスチャンルブタン 店舗
クリスチャンルブタン サンダル クリスチャンルブタン サンダル

Christian Louboutin Christian Louboutin
cheap christian louboutin shoes cheap christian louboutin shoes
Yves Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent
Chanel Camellia Chanel Camellia
Louis Vuitton Shoes Louis Vuitton Shoes
Manolo Blahnik Manolo Blahnik
Jimmy Choo Shoes Jimmy Choo Shoes
Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen
Giuseppe Zanotti Giuseppe Zanotti
Christian Louboutin Boots Christian Louboutin Boots
Christian Louboutin Platforms Christian Louboutin Platforms
Christian Louboutin Pumps&Slingback Christian Louboutin Pumps&Slingback
Christian Louboutin Sandals Christian Louboutin Sandals
Christian Louboutin Wedges Christian Louboutin Wedges
Yves Saint Laurent Boots Yves Saint Laurent Boots
Yves Saint Laurent Platforms Yves Saint Laurent Platforms
Yves Saint Laurent Pumps Yves Saint Laurent Pumps
Yves Saint Laurent Sandals Yves Saint Laurent Sandals
Chanel Camellia Boots Chanel Camellia Boots
Chanel Camellia Sandals Chanel Camellia Sandals

abercrombie abercrombie
Abercrombie & Fitch Abercrombie & Fitch
abercrombie fitch mens abercrombie fitch mens
abercrombie fitch women abercrombie fitch women
abercrombie valentins abercrombie valentins
abercrombie Accessories abercrombie Accessories
abercrombie Hollister abercrombie Hollister
abercrombie Ruehl No.925 abercrombie Ruehl No.925

ugg ugg
UGG ブーツ UGG ブーツ

ブランド 通販 ブランド 通販

エドハーディー エドハーディー
ed hardy ed hardy

ティファニー ティファニー
tiffany tiffany
ティファニー 通販 ティファニー 通販

アバクロ アバクロ
abercrombie abercrombie
アバクロ 通販 アバクロ 通販

アバクロ アバクロ
abercrombie abercrombie
アバクロ 通販 アバクロ 通販

ugg ugg
ugg ブーツ ugg ブーツ

トリーバーチ トリーバーチ
tory burch tory burch