The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was often a hot topic during campaign season and during the early days of the Trump administration, but attention was usually focused on U.S.-Mexico relations… until recently. Comments by the President and Secretary of Commerce about Canadian lumber and dairy farmers has had some asking if the next trade war could be with Canada. Jim Dickmeyer is an expert on North American competitiveness with diplomatic experience in both Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. His thought on what’s happening on the trade front provide the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW
Jim Dickmeyer is the North American Competitiveness Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Detailed from the U.S. Department of State, he works with the Center’s Canada and Mexico Institutes to develop programs that support the North American Leaders Summit initiatives. More broadly, Jim  advises the Wilson Center programs on collaborative opportunities with public and private sector stakeholders who have an interest in developing North American competitiveness. He served as Consul General of the United States of America in Toronto from 2012 to 2015. He was Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. embassy in Mexico, where he served from 2002 to 2007. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Dickmeyer has served in six countries – Brazil, Guatemala, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico and Canada – during his 31 years of diplomatic service. In his domestic assignments, Jim was a faculty member at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where he taught national security studies; Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources of the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; and director of the State Department’s Foreign Press Centers located in Washington, D.C. and New York City, serving over 3,000 foreign journalists based in the United States.
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.