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Officially named the United Mexican States, Mexico is bordered on the north by the United States and on the south by Guatemala and Belize. Mexico has relatively few problems defending its land borders. Border reinforcements have been primarily employed in a drug-interdiction role.

In 2001, the 71-year grip on power by the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) was broken when Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) won the presidential elections. Fox, who promised a...

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