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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Lecture: "Whither North America after the 2012 Elections?"

Mon, April 23, 2012 • 4:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

While many are concerned about China's rise and Europe's decline, the two most important countries for the United States are its neighbors, Canada and Mexico, the first and second largest markets for US 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. 

Dr. Vega is the Spring 2012 Matías Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies at LLILAS. He serves as Director for the Center of International Studies at El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX) where he is also a Professor of International Political Economy.  Dr. Vega specializes in regional economic integration in North America and is author of El Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte: Visión retrospectiva y retos a Futuro (El Colegio de México, 2010).

Dr. Pastor serves as Director of the Center for North American Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University. He is author of The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future (Oxford University Press, 2011).

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.

Sponsored by: LLILAS


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