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The NAFTA Promise and the North American Reality: The Gap and How to Narrow it
October 31 – November 1, 2013

  1. The NAFTA Promise and the North American Reality: The Gap and How to Narrow it
    1. Conference Schedule and Prospectus
    2. Conference Participant Biographies
    3. Conference Introduction - PowerPoint, Dr. Robert Pastor
    4. Introduction to Panel 1 - PowerPoint, Dr. Robert Pastor
    5. Introduction to Panel 3 – PowerPoint Isabel Studer
    6. Final Report (In process of being drafted)
    7. Conference Video
    8. NGO Forum
      1. NGO Network Vision Statement (November 7, 2013)
  2. Related Speeches and Statements
    1. Excerpts of Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at The U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue – September 20, 2013
    2. Keynote Address delivered by Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, H. E. Eduardo Medina-Mora – October 31, 2013
    3. North America Should Lead the Way Toward a Worldwide Harmonized Carbon Price by the Honorable Stéphane Dion – November 1, 2013
    4. Mexican Security Sector Reform: A Budgetary and Infrastructure Approach by Sergio Montaño and Manuel Palma – October, 2013
  3. Public Opinion Surveys of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for the CNAS Conference, October 30, 2013
    1. Brief Summary of Survey Results
    2. Full Survey Results
  4. News Releases and Media attention
    1. American University CNAS News Release, “North America’s Future: Center for North American Studies Responds to Vice President Biden’s Call for a Blueprint for a North American Strategy,” October 28, 2013.
    2. American University CNAS News Release, “Poll Reveals North Americans Prefer Trilateral Collaboration: Surprising Support for Three-Way Policy Integration,”November 1, 2013.
    3. William Maudlin, “Adieu, Europe, Asia: Americans Favor Trade Deals Closer to Home,” The Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2013.
    4. Len Bracken, “U.S. Officials See Progress, Prospects Concerning North American Integration,” Bloomberg News, November 1, 2013. 
  5. Related Articles
    1. Colin Robertson, “NAFTA’s Enduring Lesson: Never Forget Your Neighbors,” Globe and Mail, November 13, 2013.
    2. José Manuel Suárez Mier, “El futuro de Norteamérica,” Excelsior, November 7, 2013.
    3. José Manuel Suárez Mier, “La batalla por el TLCAN,” Excelsior, October 31, 2013.
    4. José Manuel Suárez Mier, “El TLCAN cumple 20 años,” Excelsior, October 24, 2013.
    5. Colin Robertson, “Should Canada join the U.S. and Mexico? On these key projects, yes,” Globe and Mail, October 2, 2013.
    6. Thomas Friedman, “If Churchill Could See Us Now,” The New York Times, July 16, 2013.
    7. George P. Shultz, “The North American Global Powerhouse” The Wall Street Journal,July 11, 2013.
    8. Andres Oppenheimer, “Obama Should Think North America,” The Miami Herald,  May 1, 2013.
    9. Robert Pastor and Inu Barbee, “Neighbors should not be an after-thought when it comes to trade strategy,” The Hill’s Congress BlogMay 1, 2013.
    10. Konrad Yakabuski, “Best chance for renewal may lie in deeper North American integration; As Canada pursues still elusive free trade agreements with Europe and the Pacific Rim, it’s a perfect time to ask: Whatever happened to NAFTA?” Globe and Mail, April 26, 2013.
    11. Robert Pastor, “Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 29 –Shortcut to U.S. Economic Competitiveness: A Seamless North American Market.” The Council on Foreign Relations, March 5, 2013. 
  6. Photo Gallery
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The NAFTA Promise and the North American Reality

The Gap and How to Narrow It

The Center for North American Studies is examining the success and decline of NAFTA. Join us for the conference on October 31 and November 1. Download the poster (PDF) or the complete prospectus and schedule (PDF). You can also download the North American Opinion Survey (PDF).

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Announcing Stemper Fellowship

The Center for North American Studies is now offering an Annual David Stemper Fellowship in North American Studies (PDF) in memory of a former Associate Director of the Center.  Undergraduates and graduates from American University are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to further their understanding of the relationship among Mexico, Canada, and the United States and the future challenges faced by the continent.



American University and CNAS hosted the third annual TRIUMVIRATE - the NAFI model North American Parliament. More information...

Publications & Research

Read Dr. Robert A. Pastor's article in Foreign Affairs: "The Future of North America: Replacing a Bad Neighbor Policy." (PDF)

Pastor, Robert A. (February 2011). "Whither North America?" (PDF) Focal Point.

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