Carlos Fuentes, the Mexican novelist, is a member of NPQ's advisory board.
Mexico City - At the beginning of the 20th century,
there was a widespread sense that the two columns of peace and progress
tested on secure foundations. The imperial world of the Northern Hemisphere
controlled the resources as well as the politics of the colonized world
of the South and the East. A balance between European powers had been
achieved as a result of the Franco-Prussian conflict of 1870. The United
States had consolidated its own imperial position after the defeat of
the Spanish domain over the Caribbean and the Philippines.