North America News

The Absentee

Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the lack of economic growth in Mexico, stating "The great absentee in recent decades has been economic growth."

Another Mexican Utopia: Building a Merit-Based Society

Apr 24, 2015
In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses the benefits of creating a merit-based society in Mexico. This view is presented as an alternate "Mexican Utopia" to the one portrayed in Luis Rubio's recently published book "A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible."

What Will, and Won’t, Help Free Jason Rezaian From Prison in Iran

Apr 24, 2015
"Tying the nuclear negotiations—and success now seems within reach—to prisoner release will only play into the hands of Iran’s hard-liners," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Japan Takes Center Stage

Apr 24, 2015
"When Prime Minister Abe took office at the end of 2012, he had two major goals: (1) shake the Japanese economy out the zombie-like state it had been in for 20 years, and (2) make Japan a 'normal' country with armed forces that could play an active role in support of Japanese interests...On the 'normal country' front he needed to rewrite the terms of the alliance with the United States so that Japan can become an active partner, not just a passive bystander. That is why the 'Defense Guidelines' will be major theme of Abe’s address to Congress," writes Marvin Ott.

China vs. Western Values: Xi Jinping’s Ideology Campaign

Apr 21, 2015
Ideology is once again playing a major role in U.S.-China relations. Government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping. And that concern has influenced policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Can China succeed in blocking Western influence? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

Apr 21, 2015
"A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation." writes James F. Collins.

Four Ways Congress Can Improve the Iran Nuclear Deal

Apr 21, 2015
"The last thing the United States needs is 535 legislators micromanaging its Iran policy. But having worked at the State Department for more than two decades, I know I don’t want Foggy Bottom controlling a 10- to 15-year deal with Iran. Here are four ways Congress could play a credible role on the Iran deal," writes Aaron David Miller

Excesses and Vacuums

Apr 21, 2015
The accusation of supposed acts of corruption has turned into a national sport. No day goes by without the social networks posting photographs of a public official boarding a governmental helicopter or a politician’s wife entering a store in Los Angeles. The phenomenon cuts across the entire political spectrum, but the look is fixedly trained on the federal government. The faults of the Left appear lesser in the logic of the prototypical accuser. Is this an excess or merely a patriotic, therefore democratic, act?

Corruption, A Central Issue in the Campaigns

Apr 20, 2015
Corruption has emerged as a key topic in the 2015 electoral campaigns. In this Expert Take, Duncan Wood and Pedro Valenzuela discuss where the debate regarding corruption is currently and what the parties are proposing in their electoral platforms.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition: Infographic

Apr 15, 2015
This infographic discusses trends and initiatives on the U.S.-Mexico border. The facts are drawn from the Mexico Institute's publication "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition."