Cooperation in the midst of bipolar turbulence: Mexico and the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance

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Carlos Cerda Dueñas, Profesor-investigador, Departamento de Economía, Ciencia Política y Relaciones Internacionales, Tecnológico de Monterrey (México)

This paper aims to describe the historical evolution of the cooperation between the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON) and Mexico following the signing of their cooperation agreement in August 1975, which remained
in effect until COMECON’S demise in 1991. To this end, a brief analysis is made of the antecedents of this international body, which was created within the so-called socialist bloc, and a review is conducted of the body’s conception of international cooperation. After covering the historical context behind the mentioned agreement’s negotiation, its legal framework, context and scope are reviewed. This paper thereby seeks to contribute to the historical memory of cooperation policy and its international regime, with particular reference to COMECON and Mexico in the period known as the Cold War.

Key words: cooperation, Mexico, history, COMECON


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