September 26, 1999 |
Being U.S. ambassador to Mexico has never been easy. The size and complexity of the bilateral agenda can be truly overwhelming: Intricate trade and immigration regulations, as well as drug-trafficking standoffs, are some of the difficult issues involved. The cultural, political and economic differences between countries can appear impossible to manage. On the Mexican side, history also plays a role in how the U.S. ambassador is perceived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1998
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has been leaderless for more than a year now. In that time, relations between the two countries have deteriorated to an abysmal level. That might have been prevented had Washington installed a first-class ambassador, one who could work through bilateral problems and tone down political rhetoric. Now, at long last, the Senate has confirmed the Clinton administration's choice for the post, Jeffrey Davidow, undersecretary of State for inter-American affairs.
June 28, 1998 |
After more than a year, Mexico is finally getting a new U.S. ambassador. The Senate approved, by voice vote and without debate, career diplomat Jeffrey Davidow to be ambassador to Mexico. He is expected to take his post in early July. Administration officials have said there is no foreign relationship more important than Mexico, given the array of cross-border issues, including trade, narcotics trafficking and migration problems.
May 2, 1998 |
Returning from Latin America aboard Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's plane at night recently, a department press aide wrestled with questions from reporters about U.S. legislation on Caribbean tariffs. The aide admitted that he knew little about it. "Well, get Davidow," an exasperated reporter said. "He's probably sleeping," the aide said. "Then wake him." In moments, the aide returned with Jeffrey Davidow, assistant secretary of State for Latin American affairs.
April 29, 1998 |
Jeffrey Davidow, a professional diplomat with 29 years of experience at the State Department, was selected Tuesday by President Clinton to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico, filling a key post that has been vacant for 10 months. Davidow, currently assistant secretary of State for Latin America, has good relations on Capitol Hill, probably assuring his early confirmation by the Senate. Clinton's first choice for the post, former Massachusetts Gov. William F.
January 6, 1998 |
The Clinton administration has apparently picked veteran diplomat Jeffrey Davidow, assistant secretary of state for Latin America, as ambassador to Mexico, senior administration officials said. Davidow has been ambassador to Venezuela and Zambia. President Clinton's first pick for the job was ex-Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld, whose nomination was blocked last year by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).