Economy and Trade

NAFTA’s Economic Impact

by James McBride

This extensive report prepared by the Council on Foreign Relations clearly synthesizes the effect of The North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, on the American, Canadian, and Mexican economies. It includes a historic overview of the negotiations leading to the agreement, as well as a video about U.S. trade with the rest of the world. The report describes the most important trade policies related to the agreement, as well as several arguments against and in favor of policies being currently debated on by Congress and/or lobbying groups. A second video describes the role of trade in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Este reporte preparado por el Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores habla sobre los efectos del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, TCLAN, en la economía de México, Canadá y Estados Unidos. El reporte incluye un panorama histórico de las diferentes negociaciones que culminaron con el TLCAN y un video sobre el comercio en entre los E.E.U.U. y el resto del mundo. También se describen las más importantes políticas relacionadas al tratado, así como diferentes argumentos a favor y en contra de futuras políticas. En un último video se explica las propuestas de los candidatos presidenciales en Estados Unidos en relación al comercio del país.

To access the complete report, please click here.

Please click here to access a quick overview of Mexico’s Economy: Facts, Opportunities, Challenges. The Balance, September 8th, 2016.  



The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.


Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.

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