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NAFTA EssaysThe Center commissioned this series of thought pieces for a forum hosted by the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Washington, D.C. entitled NAFTA and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship. These essays provided the intellectual cornerstone for discussions at the event with renowned academics, policymakers, and business leaders.

In the essays, faculty from across the University of California provide perspectives on what NAFTA has meant for North America and the changes in global trade and production since its creation.

Authored against the backdrop of the first and second rounds of NAFTA renegotiation talks, the pieces examine what we got wrong and what we got right almost three decades ago during the initial negotiations. And while the outcome of current renegotiations is far from clear, they offer an understanding of the importance of an integrated North America to the prosperity of the region, as well as the immediate damage that would be caused by the cancelation of the agreement.

Creating a 21st Century Workforce

Evolving Labor Markets

Global Supply Chains

Services in the New Economy

Trade & Migration

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