The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has considerably boosted Mexico’s connection with Canada and is one of its current and closest allies. The well-armed drug cartels that operate within Mexico’s borders are its foes. More than 83,000 people have died between 2007 and 2015 as a consequence of attacks on civilians and conflicts between Mexican security forces and armed and organised groups including the Zetas, Sinaloa, and Jalisco New Generation cartels.
Mexico is a current member of a number of international organisations, including the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Organization for Co-operation and Development in addition to being a close ally and significant economic partner of the United States.
Mexico has historically maintained its neutrality in foreign conflicts, but a proposed constitutional reform would empower Mexico’s military forces to support United Nations peacekeeping missions.