Mexico’s President Calderón and President Obama meet to discuss drugs, security and human rights

March 3, 2011

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón and President Obama will meet today at the White House.

The word "tension" is being thrown around by media and political insiders surrounding today's meeting between President Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón. Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks revealed the U.S. has little faith in Mexican security agencies. There’s also last month’s shooting death of a U.S. customs agent and the Mexican drug war that has claimed an estimated 35,000 lives since Calderón took office in 2006. We’ll get analysis of U.S.-Mexico relations from Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy in Mexico City and a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus.