In Mexico, the Signing of the USMCA Was a Victory for Neoliberalism

President López Obrador has the opportunity to implement the USMCA in a better way than the Salinas and Peña Nieto administrations did. At the beginning of 2018, it seemed that a US withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was both possible and likely. US President...

Voter Mistrust Fuels Populism in Mexico’s Presidential Race

May 31, 2018

Ahead of the Mexico's presidential election in July, a left-wing populist is the clear frontrunner amid exasperation with political corruption and snail-paced social reform. The Mexican presidential race was probably over the minute it began. Recent polls consistently put left-wing populist...

The Real Story Behind Trump’s Trade Deals

May 05, 2017

There's no evidence Trump wants to fix the corrosive impact of trade deals like NAFTA on labor protections or environmental standards. If you want to understand why Donald Trump has been changing his position on trade, one place to start is pork. I’m not talking about the pork that goes into...

Bilateral or Multilateral: Which Trade Partnerships Work Best?

April 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s trade advisors argue that greater dependence on bilateral trade agreements will provide maximum advantages for US exporters and consumers. In the short span of weeks, the Trump administration has discarded the moribund Trans-Pacific Partnership and the...

After NAFTA: New Trade Opportunities for Mexico

March 20, 2017

Mexico currently faces tough negotiations with the United States over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. At the beginning of January 2017, Ford canceled plans to build a $1.6-billion car factory in San Luis Potosí, following criticisms by then President-elect Donald Trump....