One of Mexico's current and closest allies is the United States, and the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has significantly strengthened its relationship with Canada. Mexico's enemies are the heavily armed drug cartels operating within its borders. Attacks against civilians and clashes between Mexican security forces and armed and organized groups, such as the Zetas, Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels have resulted in more than 83,000 deaths between 2007 and 2015.
In addition to being a United States ally and major trading partner, Mexico is a current member of several international organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the Organization for Co-operation and Development. Although Mexico has traditionally remained neutral in international conflicts, an amendment to the nation's constitution has been proposed that would allow Mexico's armed forces to assist the United Nations in peacekeeping operations.