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Is North American Integration Too Radical?

WHO:     Robert Pastor is a professor of international relations at American University’s School of International Service. He is the author of the new book, The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future (Oxford, 2011)   He also serves as the director, Center for North American Studies and co-director, Center for Democracy and Election Management. In addition, Pastor is the founding director of the Carter Center’s Latin American and Caribbean Program. During the Carter administration, Pastor served as the U.S. national security advisor on Latin America and the Caribbean (1977-1981).

WHAT:    Book Presentation and discussion with Jorge Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico (2000-2003)
Comments by Arturo Valenzuela, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2009-2011)

WHERE: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC. School of International Service Building, Abramson Family Founders Room. (Intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Aves, NW)

WHEN:   October 5, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Details:  Please RSVP to J. Paul Johnson, AU Communications at jjohnson@american.edu or 202-885-5943.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 4, 2011) – What if we began calling ourselves North Americans rather than merely Americans? Canadians and Mexicans would no longer be foreigners but neighbors with shared economic, social, and continental security interests.  What if North America underwent a 21st century update and emerged as a formidable new entity better able to compete with China and the European Union?

Robert Pastor says such an idea is not far-fetched and its time may very well arrive before the end of this decade.  Daily headlines on illegal immigration and drug trafficking instill fear and pundits rally the extreme wings of both parties about losing sovereignty, but looking beyond the hype and hysteria, Robert Pastor sees the potential and explains his vision in his new book The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future (Oxford 2011).

The North American Idea is a detailed blueprint for a new North America to make it more dynamic and equitable.  Robert Pastor will discuss how The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) peaked and has subsequently dipped in the new millennium.  He offers why a customs union while bold would expand trade and level the playing field with our global competitors. Pastor’s proposal based on a principle of interdependence and mutual interests and values will frame the discussion with Jorge Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico (2000-2003) and Arturo Valenzuela, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2009-2011)

 

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