Economy and Trade

U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations

by Editors

NAFTA, having entered its second decade in 2014, is the cornerstone of trade relations between the United States and Mexico. The following reports analyze the current state of bilateral trade relations  and offer prescriptions to expand and deepen these ties.


Charting a New Course Part 1: U.S.-Mexico Economic Interdependence 

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has released a series of new essays covering a range of important bilateral issues. The kick off its companion video series, “Charting a New Course,” focuses on economic interdependence. Mexico Institute Deputy Director Chris Wilson provides an overview of the scope and depth of U.S.-Mexico economic cooperation and also talks about what can be done to make the alliance stronger.

El Instituto de México del Wilson Center ha publicado una nueva serie de artículos sobre importantes temas de la relación bilateral. El siguiente video es el primero de muchos que acompañarán esta serie y se enfoca en la interdependencia económica entre México y Estados Unidos. El Subdirector del Centro explica la profundidad de la cooperación económica entre los dos países.


Christopher Wilson is Deputy Director of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he leads the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.

To watch the full interview, please click hereTo see all of the Wilson Center’s research on Mexico, click here.


Is Geography Destiny?: A Primer on North American Relations 

In this report, Duncan Wood does not refute critics’ assertions that North America has splintered from a cohesive trilateral unit into a series of three bilateral relationships since the passage of the NAFTA in 1994. Instead, Wood argues that this transformation can actually benefit the well-being of North American integration and competitiveness. By implementing a “trilateral lens”, Wood contends that bilateral and even local government relations can serve as laboratories for enhancing North American cooperation in the areas of trade, security, etc. This outcome is attainable only if a vision of strategic partnership is in place among all partners. Wood examines Mexican, Canadian, and American interactions within this framework and contends that the region’s current relations with each other can develop into practices meant for broadly replicated and implemented measures, rather than serve as sources of jealousy and insecurity.

En este reporte, Duncan Wood no contradice a los críticos que afirman que Norte América astilló su unidad trilateral cohesiva para formar una serie de tres relaciones bilaterales desde el pasaje del TLCAN en 1994. En cambio, Wood argumenta que esta transformación puede en efecto beneficiar la integración y competitividad de América del Norte. Al implementar un “lente trilateral,” Wood contiende que relaciones bilaterales e incluso de gobiernos locales pueden servir como laboratorios para mejorar la cooperación norteamericana en áreas de comercio y seguridad, entre otras. Sin embargo, este resultado solamente se logrará si se tiene una visión de asociación estratégica entre los tres miembros. Wood examina las interacciones mexicanas, estadounidenses y canadienses dentro de este marco y contiende que las relaciones regionales que existen actualmente entre los tres países se pueden convertir en prácticas diseñadas para replicarse e implementarse de forma general, en vez de servir como fuente de envidia e inseguridad.

To read Duncan Wood’s report, please click the following link: Is Geography Destiny?: A Primer on North American Relations


U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications

Prepared by M. Angeles Villarreal of the Congressional Research Service members of the United States’ Congress, this report illuminates key aspects of American economic policy formulation with respect to Mexico.

Preparado por M. Angeles Villareal, del Servicio de Investigación del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, este reporte ilumina los aspectos claves de la formulación de la política económica Americana con respecto a México.

To read M. Angeles Villarreal’s report, written for the Congressional Research Service, please click the following link: U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications


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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