The North American Free Trade Agreement, in effect for nearly a quarter-century, provides a regional framework for cooperation on trade, financial policy and investment, as well as the foundation for collaboration among international law enforcement agencies on drug trafficking, human smuggling and other issues that affect the U.S.-Mexico relationship. However, the pioneering agreement appears to be in jeopardy. Under the Trump administration, renegotiations are currently underway, and two of the three treaty signatories — the U.S. and Mexico — are about to enter crucial political seasons that can either validate the partnership or upend it. The survival or repeal of NAFTA will likely have consequences on a global scale.
At this McLarty Lecture Series event, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick discussed North American trade policy in a global and historical context, examining both the economic potential and challenges of the U.S.-Mexico relationship.
This event was part of the 25th anniversary commemorative series featuring the centers and research of Rice University’s Baker Institute.
Watch the event in full below:
The Honorable Robert Zoellick
Former President, World Bank; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Trade Representative
About the McLarty Lecture Series
The McLarty Lecture Series of the Baker Institute Mexico Center features scholars and leaders with insight into the challenging policy issues affecting U.S.-Mexico relations, such as trade, energy, infrastructure, immigration, security and public safety, and the rule of law. The series is named for Thomas F. McLarty III to honor his distinguished record of business leadership and public service.