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Shannon K. O'Neil        

Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Shannon O'Neil is senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Her expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, energy policy, trade, political and economic reforms, and immigration. She directed CFR's Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, which analyzes the political, economic, and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and their significance for U.S.-Mexico relations.

In addition to her work at CFR, Dr. O'Neil has taught in the political science department at Columbia University. She is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs, and her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica, Americas Quarterly, Política Exterior, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, and she has testified before the U.S. Congress on U.S. policy toward Mexico. She writes the blog, Latin America's Moment, which analyzes developments in Latin America and U.S. relations in the region.

Prior to joining CFR, she was a justice, welfare, and economics fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She was also a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and Argentina. Prior to her academic work, Dr. O'Neil worked in the private sector as an equity analyst at Indosuez Capital Latin America and Credit Lyonnais Securities. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MA in international relations from Yale University, and a PhD in government from Harvard University.

Speech Topics

Mexico, the U.S., and the Road Ahead

In the past three decades, Mexico has become one of the most open and competitive economies in the world. Though many still view it as a developing country, Mexico is a staunchly middle class nation, with a vibrant consumer market and a powerful manufacturing sector. Behind the grim headlines that dominate the media is a more hopeful Mexico, with formidable and ever-increasing ties to the United States. In this timely, erudite, and very accessible talk, Shannon O’Neil tells the story of Mexico’s rapid and widespread social, political, and economic transformations—and what it means for America. O’Neil outlines the connections to be made, the differences to be understood, and the enormous opportunities to be cemented.

O’Neil on Latin America

Shannon K. O’Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is available to give customized talks on the following topics: Latin America’s financial, economic, and political outlook; US-Latin American Foreign Policy; issues pertaining to Mexico, Brazil, and Latin America more broadly; the future of Latin American energy; and U.S. immigration and U.S. border security.


Media Conference Call: Shannon K. O'Neil and Arturo Sarukhan on ...

CFR Senior Fellow Shannon K. O'Neil and former Mexican ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan discuss the future of U.S.-Mexico relations with ...

Shannon K. O'Neil: The TT Interview | The Texas Tribune

In her book Two Nations Indivisible, Shannon K. O'Neil dissects the complicated, symbiotic and often testy relationship between the United States and Mexico as ...

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