From 1994-2001, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, increasing its share of the world economy. In 2001, however, trade slowed among the three, manufacturing jobs shrunk, and illegal migration and drug-related violence soared. Europe caught up, and China leaped ahead.
In The North American Idea, eminent scholar and policy-maker Robert Pastor explains that NAFTA’s mandate was too limited to address the new North American agenda. To re-invigorate the continent, the leaders of NAFTA need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence. If one country fails, all three are harmed, and if one grows, they all benefit. Drawing on first?hand experience as a policy-maker and analyst, Pastor shows how this idea - once woven into the national consciousness of the three countries - could mobilize public support for continental solutions to problems that have confounded each nation working on its own.
Providing essential historical context and challenging readers to view the continent in a new way, Robert Pastor offers an expansive vision and a detailed blueprint for a more integrated, dynamic, and equitable North America.
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Dr. Robert Pastor
Robert A. Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. He served on the National Security Council and as a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of numerous books, including Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy to Latin America and A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World. Click here to read Dr. Pastor's profile.