USMCA: Shaping the Region’s Trade Realities

The following piece first appeared in BRINK, a publication focused on presenting perspectives from experts on risk and resilience around the world. You can find it here, or for the piece as submitted and with hyperlinks, continue reading. In August 2017, trade negotiators from the United States, Mexico, and Canada met for the first time in Mexico City to begin hashing…

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USMCA: A Holiday Season to Remember

December 31, 2019 will mark the end of another year and decade. Across the United States, Latin America, and the world, the 2010s were challenging times, with booms and busts, elections and impeachments, and unceasing volatility. It was the decade of left and right populism, mass migration, large-scale corruption (and anti-corruption efforts), persistent inequality, and continuously weak…

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Shifting sands, and so little time.

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Congress has been focused on impeachment proceedings. With so much activity and the situation very much in flux I recommend Axios for up to date coverage and Five Thirty Eight for polling on the ongoing constitutional process.  This week, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, as congressional leaders have yet to reach a…

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Mexico and the world: “Uncertainty, the new norm.”

It’s hard to believe that there are less than two weeks to go before the end of the year and the holiday season is now upon us. Over the past 12 months, I’ve been privileged to work with talented colleagues at White & Case, who have earned a host of recognitions and awards. I hope each…

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AMLO, now it’s El Presidente

Over the past few weeks, I’ve met with investors, corporate directors, and foreign-policy focused groups who are all acutely interested in Mexico’s ongoing political transition. Regardless of the sector, everyone has questions on what to expect from the next Mexican administration. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador will assume office on December 1st with overwhelming majorities in both houses of…

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USMCA, just don’t call it NAFTA.

It’s been thirteen months, nine official rounds of negotiations, countless side meetings, and a brief period where Canada’s participation appeared precarious, but this past Sunday night, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian negotiators finally announced a new regional trade agreement. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) builds on the old NAFTA and pulls in much of the modernization that had been…

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Oh, Canada!

On Monday—just over one year since Mexico, Canada, and the United States officially began the NAFTA renegotiations—President Donald Trump announced the “The United States – Mexico Trade Agreement.” During an impromptu press conference in the Oval Office, Mexican and U.S. officials declared that they had finally moved beyond the thorniest issues including auto content and…

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