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In Search of a Stronger, More Unified North America

OPINION By ERIC FARNSWORTH and EARL ANTHONY WAYNE North America was trending in the midterm elections, although you may have missed it. Think about the top campaign issues in races across the country: economic recovery and job creation, inflation, the price of gasoline, immigration, border security, increasing crime and suffering in communities devastated by fentanyl and other drugs. With the

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The Tough Job of Unlocking the USMCA’s Full Potential

OPINION By JOHN BURZAWA, SOPHIE EGAR and EARL ANTHONY WAYNE Part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center* The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) provides continent-wide rules, norms and problem-solving processes that can help the three-member countries to continue the trade and coproduction system established under its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But if the USMCA is to

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Increasing USMCA Competitiveness through Regulatory Cooperation

OPINION By INU MANAK Part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center* Imposing and threatening new tariffs have generated many headlines in recent years, whether it involved the United States’ North American neighbors, its partners in Europe or its competitors in Asia, especially China. Much less attention has been given to divergent approaches to regulations and standards, which often pose

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The Ties that Bind across North American Borders

OPINION By LAURIE TRAUTMAN Part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center* There are many social and economic ties that bind the United States, Canada and Mexico. Certainly, our integrated supply chains, multinational businesses and linkages between families and friends spread throughout the continent undergird the relationship. It is our borders, however, that literally serve as the ties that bind

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Getting Ready for a Post-Pandemic Border Policy

OPINION By MARK AGNEW Part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center* Border management was a unique and perennial challenge for the continent long before the start of the pandemic. Differing security considerations, geographies and domestic politics, among other factors, contribute to creating relationships to each border that vary in important ways. Yet, in spite of these differences, sound border

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North America’s Value Chains: Energy, Education, Health

OPINION By JOSÉ ANTONIO MEADE Part of an ongoing series from the Wilson Center* It has become common place to speak about the disruptions brought about by the covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine in everything from global value chains, inflation, food availability and economic performance. This has led many to seek alternative solutions to improve supply chain resilience and

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