College of Liberal Arts

Panelist Discuss the 2012 Mexico and U.S. Elections’ Implications for NAFTA and Trade

Monday Apr 23, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1, Benson Latin American Collection 2nd Floor Conference Room

Event: Professors Robert Pastor and Gustavo Vega will present “Whither North America after the 2012 Elections?”—a panel addressing current issues with North American trade as well as the implications for NAFTA depending on the results of the upcoming elections Mexico and the United States. The panel is hosted by LLILAS and the Mexican Center.

When: Monday, April 23, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.  

Where: Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1, Benson Latin American Collection 2nd Floor Conference Room. Please click HEREfor a map.  

Background: While many are concerned about China's rise and Europe's decline, the two most important countries for the United States are its two neighbors — Canada and Mexico — the first and second largest markets for U.S. goods. From NAFTA's beginning in 1994 until 2001 trade among the three countries tripled, and the region's share of the world's product climbed from 30 to 36 percent.  After 2001, new barriers were built, and the share of the world product declined to 30 percent. In this panel, Professors Robert Pastor and Gustavo Vega will analyze the cause of the decline and suggest new paths to greater prosperity and security. They will discuss the implications of the upcoming elections in Mexico and the United States and the direction the two countries might head.

About the panelists:

Robert Pastor is the Director of the Center for North American Studies and the Co-Director for the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University. He received his doctorate in political science from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including most recently, “The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future” (Oxford University Press). Pastor was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia, a Fulbright Professor in Mexico, and a visiting professor at Harvard University.

Gustavo Vega is the Matías Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies at LLILAS and author of “El Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte: Visión retrospectiva y retos a Futuro. He is the director of the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México. He received his masters and doctorate in political science from Yale University, where he specialized in international relations, comparative politics, and international political economy. Vega is an expert in U.S.-Mexican economic relations and North American integration.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Paloma S Diaz, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, 512-232-2415.

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