Trade and Development

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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.

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Salomón Chertorivski

Please Note: This event took place at the Atlantic Council.

How would a government led by Ricardo Anaya Cortés navigate trade and the broader U.S.-Mexico relationship at this pivotal moment?

Southeast Asia’s Balancing Act

It has been said so often that it has become a trope. Broadly speaking, the nations of Southeast Asia do not want to be forced to choose between China and the United States. The logic of this is straightforward–good relations with each great power offers unique benefits, and those in Southeast Asia would prefer to enjoy those benefits without risk or cost. Yet a closer analysis of dynamics in Southeast Asia, especially in the past 12 months, suggests a far more complex–and for the United States, troubling–dynamic is at play.

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?

Will China-U.S. Tariff Tensions Become a Trade War?

Posturing? Dispute? Trade war? No matter how you choose to describe it, the imposition of tariffs by the U.S. and China is causing ripples around the globe. Is it possible that the two economic juggernauts are actually on the verge of a trade war? How much of the rhetoric from Washington and Beijing is actually leading to policy changes and how is this affecting overall U.S.-China relations?

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Return of the TPP: Trump Realizing Trade Deal Aligns with Goals on China

Last week, President Trump asked his trade team to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). President Trump pulled out of TPP in January 2017, after sharply criticizing it.

By leaving the trade agreement, the U.S. forfeited strategic advantages and economic benefits. It gave up leadership of a group of 11 growing and friendly economies in one of the world’s most dynamic economic regions, where China is asserting its economic prowess.