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Even as images of a “flat” world and effortless global connections gained popularity during the 1990s, regional relationships played a central role in structuring the world’s economic, social, and political landscape. The proliferation of regional agreements, organizations, and summits in Asia, Africa, and Europe responded to the opportunities and challenges presented by the shifting global environment.

This essay is part of the series, "Strengthening North American Ties - A Must For Competitiveness," by the Wilson Center's Mexico and Canada Institutes. 

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Tom Long

Tom Long

Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick and Affiliated Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) 
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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more