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Kimberly Nolan: Mexico-US Negotiations in the Shadow of Trump

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Date:  Thursday 6th, April, 2017

Presenter:  Dr. Kimberly A. Nolan García is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. Her specialization is in International Political Economy and the politics of international trade, with a substantive focus on labor rights protection through international trade accords.

Description:  In the first four days of his administration, President Trump set the stage for a new chapter in US-Mexican relations by prefacing a meeting in Washington on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with an Executive Order guiding the federal government to seek funding for a wall to seal off the US-Mexico border. In response, President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled the leadership summit, elevating the standoff. Given the rocky start to this new chapter of US-Mexico relations, the negotiating position adopted by Mexico is still evolving. Using US-Mexico economic relations as a key negotiation area, this presentation first traces the economic effects of NAFTA on the US economy. Using these trends as context, the presentation then discusses how points of the US-Mexican trade relationship can serve as leverage for Mexico in the upcoming negotiations, to resist both the cancellation of NAFTA and the imposition of a Border Value Tax (BAT). The presentation ends with alternative scenarios for Mexico in reconsidering the terms of cooperation with the US on both political and trade issues.

For reference, please see the event flyer and presentation slides.