Mexico

  • Wayne in The National Interest: The War on Drugs: The Narco States of North America


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  • NAFTA Negotiations: Why Are They So Controversial?

    In the midst of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations in August, US President Donald J. Trump tweeted saying that NAFTA is the “worst trade deal ever made,” and threatened to withdraw the United States from the agreement because Canada and Mexico are being “difficult”. While many have brushed these statements off ahead of the third round of discussions, set to begin on September 23, one cannot help but wonder: How close are we to a new and improved NAFTA?

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  • Marczak Quoted in Forbes on the Trump Administration's Relation With Latin America and Diplomacy With Venezuela


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  • What if NAFTA Ended? The Imperative of a successful renegotiation

    On Thursday, July 27th, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center presented preliminary findings to the Mexican Congress of a new three-country report – What if NAFTA Ended? The Imperative of getting negotiations right. The event highlighted the strategic and economic importance of NAFTA to the North American economy right before negotiations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico begin. The final report is set to be released in Washington, DC, in October 2017.

    The half day event in Mexico City was kicked off by Congressman Ángel Garcia Yanez, representative of the Nueva Alianza party who gave welcoming remarks. Garcia introduced Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, who commented on the long-term collaborative relationship that has produced a freer trilateral marketplace and a more competitive North America.

    Following Jason’s remarks, Oscar Cázares, President, Mexican National Auto Part Industry, took the stage and provided insights from the auto industry standpoint, one of the sectors that would be most impacted by NAFTA negotiations.

    The event continued with a panel featuring the authors of the report -, From Mexico, author Javier Mancera, director and founding partner of consulting firm CMM; from the United States, Philip Levy, senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and from Canada, Daniel Schwanen, vice president of research at the independent organization CD Howe Institute. They discussed implications of the upcoming negotiations from their country specific perspective under the moderation of Valeria Moy, Director, México, ¿Cómo vamos?, a research group that evaluates the performance of the country to promote accelerated and sustained economic growth.

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  • TRADE in ACTION - May 19, 2017

    This week in TradeinActionOn the US side, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as new USTR, President Trump met with President Santos of Colombia and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.


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  • Ralby Joins PRI's The World to Discuss the Mexican Fuel Theft Crisis


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  • Update NAFTA, But First Understand Why It’s Important

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was heavily criticized during our recent presidential campaign.

    The day after US President Donald J. Trump’s swearing in, it was posted on the White House website that “the President is committed to renegotiating NAFTA [to give] American workers a fair deal.”

    Before moving forward to “renegotiate,” it is essential that the administration appreciate what NAFTA has accomplished.  Joining the economies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States created a $19 trillion market with 490 million consumers. In the twenty-three years since NAFTA took effect, vibrant integrated supply chains have developed linking the three economies in ways that have been enormously beneficial to the United States. 

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  • 'Mexico Has Options'

    Energy sector reform will continue with or without the United States, said former Mexican official

    Though recent political tensions threaten the stability of US-Mexico relations, Mexico’s ongoing energy sector reform will continue without US partnership, if necessary, according to Mexico’s former deputy secretary of energy.

    “Mexico’s energy reform does not depend on the United States,” Lourdes Melgar, who now serves at the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, said at the Atlantic Council on March 16. “If the United States does not want to have business with Mexico,” Melgar cautioned, “I think they’re missing the picture, because Mexico has options.”

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  • Trump’s ‘Rhetoric of Hate’ May Sway Mexico’s Elections

    Mexican presidential candidate sees risk of an anti-American Mexican leader


    The “rhetoric of hate” that has dominated US President Donald J. Trump’s approach to Mexico could impact the outcome of Mexico’s presidential elections in 2018 and determine the future of the US-Mexican partnership, Margarita Zavala, a candidate for the Mexican presidency, said at the Atlantic Council on March 7.

    “We have a rhetoric of hate coming from the president of the United States, beginning with the campaign,” said Zavala, urging: “It’s important to take that kind of rhetoric seriously because of what it gives rise to. That’s the risk we’re seeing in Mexico.” She said Mexico is ready to take a step back from its relationship with Washington “and that’s because of what’s happening in the United States.”

    The prospect of an anti-American Mexican president “is a matter that has an impact on future relations and the future of us all,” she added.

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  • Trade, Security, and Prosperity: Perspectives from Mexico’s Margarita Zavala and US Secretary Michael Chertoff

    The new administration has brought with it a plethora of tensions for the United States’ relationship with Mexico. From a proposed border wall, to talks of withdrawing from NAFTA, to a scrapped meeting between the two presidents, what was historically a diplomatic partnership has been turned on its head.

    On Tuesday, March 7, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted ‘Trade, Security, and Prosperity,’ a discussion with Margarita Zavala, one of the main contenders for the presidency of Mexico in 2018, and Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security. The event also marked the launch of the Beyond the Headlines: A Strategy for US Engagement with Latin America in the Trump Era. The publication, part of the Atlantic Council Strategy Papersseries for the new administration, was written in partnership with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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