A (virtually) new era of North American relations

President Biden used his first two virtual foreign visits to usher in a new era of North American relations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.  During the meetings, Trudeau and López Obrador requested Biden’s support in securing U.S.-produced COVID-19 vaccinations, and the U.S. responded. Yesterday, the Biden administration pledged to send the AstraZeneca vaccine—which is…

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A big freeze; a need for US/Mexico cooperation on Energy.

I’m writing to you from Texas where the past ten days have been extremely challenging. The U.S. just passed the milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths and losses are continuing to mount from our rare winter storm.  Last week’s record cold temperatures led to a surge in energy demand as Texans attempted to heat their homes. The state’s…

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US and Mexico: Real engagement, or simply cordial?

Last Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is certainly still on all of our minds. The past few months have been a turbulent time for U.S. democracy. Biden now faces an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and must also navigate Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate and the investigation of the…

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A scorcher’s a coming…

We are only a few weeks into what is shaping up to be a long hot summer, with increasing turmoil around the world: U.S.-North Korea Summit, the G7 Summit, protests in Nicaragua, Brazil’s upcoming elections, and the ongoing economic and political collapse in Venezuela. Within regional relations, it hasn’t been much calmer. The highest profile spat was Donald Trump’s twitter attacks…

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