Very soon, a life-long dream will become a reality for Areli Zárate, a young immigrant who was brought illegally to the United States when she was 8-years-old: She will be able to visit her homeland, Mexico. Zárate, who is now a teacher at Austin High School, is one of two immigrants of Mexican origin who lives in Austin and who will participate in the DACA Cultural Exchange Program, a five-week study abroad program in Mexico City that runs June 6 to July 8.

On Sunday, however, Mexico showed that the deeper damage to the country’s image is self-inflicted. An independent investigative panel released its final report on the massacre in the state of Guerrero, which left 43 students of a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa missing and presumed dead. Its findings were devastating.

After attending the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit on April 1 in Washington D.C., South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto headed down to Mexico City to hold their second bilateral summit, albeit the first one hosted by one of the two countries. [...] the aggressive pursuit of economic diplomacy was at the core of South Korea’s agenda for the April 2-5 Korea-Mexico summit.

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India has been ranked in the top 10 nations in terms of its digital diplomacy performance over the last year by Diplomacy Live, a global research, advocacy, consulting and training platform. India and Mexico are the only two countries from the developing world in this list. India's high ranking is despite a relatively modest budget for public diplomacy. 

The 32-hundred seats in Mexico's Metropolitan theater are all taken by local fans of Korean culture. [...] A dynamic taekwondo demonstration excites athletes and fans in a country with two-million practitioners. The fun reaches its peak with a performance by K-pop superstars, Infinite. After an hour filled with harmony, President Park greeted the local audience in Spanish.

South Korea and Mexico have been working to expand their strategic partnerships across more diverse fields, and consequently, cultural ties have become stronger with the growing popularity of the Korean cultural wave.

The Center for Public Diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a panel Tuesday to discuss the possibilities for transformation in the relationship between the United States and Mexico based on the result of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.