U.S. Domestic Policy

“Tackling North America’s Workforce Challenges”: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne’s presentation to NASCO and Dallas County Community College District – Workforce Forum on August 31, 2017 in Dallas, Texas

A key challenge for all three North American economies is the training and education of their workforces as jobs, industries and sectors evolve and transform. The need for workforce development will likely only increase as new technologies are deployed and as we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with higher use of advance technology in manufacturing and throughout the economy.

Labor Rights Enforcement under the NAFTA Labor Clause: What Comes Next under a Potential Renegotiation?

In late March, a draft letter from the acting U.S. Trade Representative meant to notify Congress of the Administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA began to circulate. A brief outline of potential U.S. negotiating objectives for labor was included in the proposal. Generally speaking, the few items in the document seem to suggest bringing the NAFTA labor provisions into line with labor conditionality agreements that have been attached to U.S.

Final Report | Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

The relationship between Mexico and the United States, although undoubtedly facing its most severe test in decades, remains strong. However, the challenge to the status quo of the relationship in early 2017 does highlight the need to think about this relationship in a radically different way. In addition to reaffirming the truths of economic interdependence and mutual security support, it is clear that the time has come to focus on new issues in the relationship, to adopt a new tone, and to propose a new course.

Bridging the Gaps in Cybersecurity Policy

 

Major questions impacting key cybersecurity policy decisions remain unanswered.  As a new Administration takes office, how should key stakeholders think about gaps like the capabilities of non-state actors to do harm in the digital space?  Will other nations follow Russia’s lead and steal and leak information against foes? Is the future of the public-private partnership – especially in protecting America’s critical infrastructure – a promising one?  And what’s the state of play in development of international norms?  Can the U.S. provide meaningful input?

What would the election of Donald J. Trump mean for Canada?

By Andrew Cohen, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations

Bilingual, Bicultural, Not Yet Binational: Undocumented Immigrant Youth in Mexico and the United States

An entire generation of children, adolescents and young adults has been caught in the crucible of increasing criminalization of immigrants coupled with neoliberal globalization policies in Mexico and the United States. These are first- and second-generation immigrant youth who are bicultural, often bilingual, but rarely recognized as binational citizens in either of their countries. Since 2005, an estimated two million Mexicans have returned to Mexico after having lived in the United States, including over 500,000 U.S.-born children.

Growing Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico

Mexico Institute Launches Project Examining U.S.-Mexico Economic Ties

The impact of trade and globalization on the average American has become a core issue in this year’s elections. We have heard measured, well-founded and serious critiques on the handling of issues like currency manipulation and preparing our workforce for participation in the global economy, but the conversation has also drawn many passionate and visceral responses, highlighting the intensity with which citizens feel the impact of economic change. Due to campaign rhetoric, Mexico has come to symbolize much of the U.S. encounter with globalization.

Public Opinion and America's Next Global Priorities

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to have a historic clash on foreign policy. But what are the views of the American people – Democrats, Republican, and Independents – and how do these reflect or inform party platforms?

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey of American public opinion on US foreign policy will reveal the partisan divisions, as well as surprising convergences, on topics such as trade, immigration, terrorism, and climate change.

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