Mexico today is a diverse and dynamic country often misrepresented as full of sleepy, rural villages or dangerous, drug-ridden deserts. Yet Mexico is a critically important country within North and Latin America. What are the major challenges facing Mexico today? Why do so many people migrate away from Mexico—and why do even more Mexicans return home? What historical and contemporary forces have shaped contemporary Mexico? You will gain a far better understanding than most North Americans have of the peoples, environments, cultures and regions of Mexico, and of the complex political, economic and social structures that influence the region and its international relations, especially with the United States.