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Reaching Agreement with Mexico

U.S. and Mexican cabinet ministers are conducting intense negotiations this week to craft solutions on handling Central American migrant flows.  They seek to forgo a dangerous path of ratcheting up U.S. tariffs on Mexican imports that would dearly cost U.S. consumers, businesses and farmers.  

As former U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico, we urge these senior leaders to delink trade and immigration and find ways ahead to address the real problems around Central American migration.  Otherwise, we face lose-lose outcomes. 

Paying the Cost for U.S. Withdrawal from TPP

With bows exchanged to Japan’s newly enthroned emperor and a huge trophy awarded to the season’s sumo champion, President Trump’s latest visit to Tokyo was at first blush a protocol triumph. The fact that the president was willing to commit four days simply to travel to Japan when he will be going there again in a month’s time for the G20 meeting also sent a powerful signal to across the Asia-Pacific region that U.S-Japan relations remain strong and critical for both countries.

Trump, Tariffs, and U.S.-Mexico Relations: Finding a Path Forward

Last week, President Trump announced that the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports in an attempt to pressure Mexico to crack down on migrants trying to cross into the United States via the southern U.S. border. Under this plan, the government will increase tariffs by 5% each month until it believes Mexico has taken sufficient action or until the tariffs reach 25%. These tariffs are expected to go into effect on June 10th.

Response to Trump's Announcement of Tariffs on Mexican Imports

Below are responses from several of our experts to Trump's announcement to impose tariffs on Mexican imports. 

This Ain’t Your Grand-Daddy’s Africa: Looking Beyond the Challenges to Lock in the Opportunities

On June 11, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a Brown Capital Management Africa Forum event entitled This Ain’t Your Grand-Daddy’s Africa: Looking Beyond the Challenges to Lock in the Opportunities. This discussion focused on assessing Africa’s ongoing transformations, identifying challenges and opportunities, and highlighting strategic points for positive engagement for policymakers.

Firmness in the Face of Trump's Schizophrenia

May seemed to be a month of great progress towards the approval of the new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the so-called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

On May 17, 2019, the United States agreed to remove the 25 and 10 percent tariffs applied respectively to steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada for reasons of national security. On May 20, 2019, Mexico and Canada subsequently removed the retaliatory tariffs imposed on the United States for this measure.

China’s Presence in Latin America

How quickly are China’s economic and diplomatic relationships in Latin America growing? And does China’s growing regional profile have negative implications for the US? In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we asked two Wilson expert analysts, Benjamin Creutzfeldt and Jorge Heine, to put China’s presence in Latin American in perspective.


Modi’s Victory is a Good Thing for Washington—with Caveats

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in national elections. While many analysts and observers had expected a repeat victory—given the struggles of the Congress Party to cobble together a formidable opposition coalition and given the sheer popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—few had expected the BJP to win by such a large margin. The BJP will now come to power, just as it did after a similar landslide win in 2014, with a large mandate to pursue a number of key objectives.

Time to Seal the Deal on USMCA

The time is ripe for the Trump administration and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to forge an agreement for approval of the new North American trade agreement, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA.

The new NAFTA will give North America at least 16 years of modern, predictable rules and processes for strengthening the continent’s massive trade and co-production networks, including the many millions of jobs they support.