Accession Number : ADA194412

Title :   Mexico, A Neighbor not to be Ignored.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : McNamara, Martin J

PDF Url : ADA194412

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Mexico is experiencing a population crisis today which threatens it with political and social instability. The age distribution in Mexico resembles a Christmas tree with half of its 85 million population under the age of eighteen. This preponderance of young people challenges the Mexican economy to provide 1.2 million jobs per year. Currently, the economy is producing only half the required amount. Added to the problem of unemployment is the 150 percent inflation rate that plagues the populace. This study focuses on whether the demographic trends in Mexico pose a near-term threat to U.S. national security interests. The study concludes there is a high risk of political instability in Mexico occurring as early as 1990.

Descriptors :   *DEMOGRAPHY, *MEXICO, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, AGING(PHYSIOLOGY), DISTRIBUTION, ECONOMICS, INFLATION(ECONOMICS), NATIONAL SECURITY, PATTERNS, POPULATION, STABILITY, UNEMPLOYMENT, SOCIOLOGY

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE