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Defense — and Offense — Win Trade Championships

As the Super bowl nears, let’s apply a football analogy to trade: Teams with the best defense don’t always win. A recent study finds that teams with the best offense win championships about as often as teams with the best defense.

Jumping to trade, the United States certainly needs to defend well against unfair, predatory practices, but it also needs a good offense to open and retain markets, so that its businesses, farmers and entrepreneurs can compete freely. As in football, a real champion has a strong offense and a strong defense.

Canada’s Opposition Leader Discusses NAFTA

Next week the United States, Canada, and Mexico will enter their sixth round of talks to renegotiate NAFTA. Where do negotiations stand and what is the Canadian government’s position on finding a path forward?  We asked Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, about his party’s stance on the negotiations and the current state of U.S.-Canada relations in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Decisions on Trio of Trade Partners Loom Large for United States in 2018

The Trump administration has China, Canada and Mexico at the top of the trade agenda for 2018. Decisions are pending about trade sanctions on China and about modernizing or leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A Critical Juncture: Public Opinion and U.S.-Mexico Relations

The Wilson Center and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are pleased to invite you to an event on public opinion on U.S.-Mexico relations. Over the last two to three decades, public opinion in the bilateral relationship has risen and fallen, and U.S.-Mexico relations have hit a rough patch since the election of Donald Trump. Today, Mexican public opinion of the United States has fallen to a historic low; however, U.S. opinion of Mexico is quite strong and on the rise.

Mexico in 2018

The presidential election of 2018 will be the first to be held in Mexico without an international anchor that guarantees the continuity of economic policy since the era of competitive, democratic elections was inaugurated back in the 90s. That anchor has proven to be key to attracting investment and conferring certainty to the population as well as to investors and hence, to the gradual evolution of the country. This does not necessarily mean that there will be radical changes in the government's strategy.

A World without NAFTA?

The Trump administration’s efforts to re-negotiate NAFTA continue amidst uncertainty and growing concern whether the parties will be able to conclude talks successfully. Several major issues are still pending resolution, so the NAFTA talks have been extended through the first quarter of 2018, including a negotiating round in Montreal in late January.

NAFTA and European Investors: Impacts across the Atlantic

The Wilson Center's Canada and Mexico Institutes and the Global Europe Program invite you to a discussion about the European perspective on the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation.

It's in America's National Interest to Stay in NAFTA

President Trump’s new national security strategy stresses the importance of promoting America’s prosperity and security. It highlights rivalry and competition with China and Russia and underscores the importance of strengthening international alliances where partners shoulder their responsibilities.