It's Do-or-Die Time for NAFTA Negotiators

These are make-or-break days, according to senior officials involved in the negotiations to forge an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States, Canada and Mexico are trying to reach agreement on divisive issues over the coming week, hopefully by May 4.

The millions of NAFTA stakeholders should pay close attention and become active advocates, as needed, to help assure that this window of opportunity is not lost in disagreement.

NAFTA April Update: Spring Fever or Fools Rush in?

I have delayed sending out my regular NAFTA update for a couple of weeks because things are changing so quickly that what seemed clear a  month ago is up in the air today. On one hand, I still believe that no one ever made money betting on the swift conclusion of a trade agreement, but on the other hand, I think it’s fair to say that all parties are at least considering options that may result an agreement in principle, an agreement to agree? Such a decision would take place prior to achieving a substantive conclusion to many of the 32 negotiating chapters under consideration.

Texas Needs a Modernized NAFTA Now

As trade ministers from Mexico, Canada, and the United States sprint to forge an agreement on NAFTA, the case of Texas reminds us of what the United States has at stake.   The “Lone Star State” will lose enormously if the North American Free Trade Agreement ends, and it will gain significantly if an updated NAFTA is agreed upon.

Fifth Annual Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance invite you to our fifth annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference, which will focus on improving border management in order to strenghten the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. Specific emphasis will be placed on a cooperative bilateral framework, NAFTA, binational economic development, and the need for efforts that simultaneously support security and efficiency in border management.


Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Sergio Alcocer

Please note this event took place at the Atlantic Council.

In just over two months, Mexicans will elect their next president. This election comes at a historic turning point for Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. How would a government led by José Antonio Meade navigate NAFTA negotiations and the broader U.S.-Mexico relationship at this pivotal moment?

Trump, Trudeau, and Peña Nieto Cannot Let NAFTA Fail

America urgently needs an immediate breakthrough in the negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before elections in Mexico and the United States close the window for progress until next year. Letting this moment pass could seriously harm U.S. farmers, businesses and workers and add uncertainty to relations with America’s two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico.

Urgently Needing NAFTA Breakthroughs Now

Nebraska depends mightily on its $2.6 billion in trade with Mexico and Canada. Almost half of Nebraska’s agricultural exports and 91,000 jobs rely on that commerce.

What Do Mexicans Think of NAFTA and the United States? New Polling Partnership with Buendía & Laredo

The Mexico Institute is pleased to announce a new partnership with Buendía & Laredo, a polling firm located in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Mexico Institute and Buendía & Laredo will periodically publish polling data on Mexican opinion of the United States, as well as other topics related to the U.S.-Mexico relationship.

This page will be updated with the survey reports and related analysis.

New Polling Data from Mexico: Does Positive Opinion of the U.S. Depend on Progress in NAFTA Talks?