Nearshore Americas

The Changing Nature of US-LatAm Relations

While a borderless world may yet seem impossible, the United States and Mexico are moving towards a situation where the US-Mexico border is similar to the US-Canada border – and it is no longer seen as a crazy idea.

In the inaugural edition of Nearshore Americas’ Nearshore Café podcast, Patrick Heffernan, Practice Manager and Principal Analyst of TBR related how IT professionals are beginning to experience the “seamless border” between the US and Mexico in a way unheard of when Mexican president Vicente Fox first raised the idea with then-President George W. Bush in 2001. This changing border situation, Heffernan said, is not limited to Mexico and is spreading to other parts of Latin America.

Heffernan, a former foreign service officer and diplomat, unpacked the United States’ complex and evolving relationship with Latin America and how it can impact on IT outsourcing to the region in the first of Nearshore Americas’ Nearshore Café podcasts. In conversation with Nearshore Americas’ Managing Director Kirk Laughlin, Heffernan discussed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy position and the significant role that the announcements around normalization of relations with Cuba has played in clarifying President Obama’s stance on foreign policy.

Bianca Wright

NSAM Managing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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