Mexico is quickly becoming an emerging market heavyweight. Having surpassed Spain as the 12th largest economy in the world, it is a trade powerhouse, with exports accounting for fully one third of its trillion-dollar GDP. Trade agreements with 42 different countries enable Mexico to manufacture and export the same amount of goods and services as the rest of Latin America combined. And it is estimated that approximately six million America jobs are attributable to the Mexican economy. Now, with the opening of its oil and electricity industries, along with ten other major economic reforms, American companies are perhaps even more eager to enter the Mexican market. Yet, with news about increasing drug cartel violence and social unrest concerning corruption perceptions and inequality, how is Mexico to realize its brilliant prospects, and the potential for joining with the U.S. and Canada as a North American block of democracies in international affairs?