Globalization and Regional Integration: The North American Solution

Robert A. Pastor, Director, Center for North American Studies, and Professor of International Relations, American University

In the new global paradigm, North America is vulnerable on several fronts. The United States, Canada, and Mexico face increased international economic competition, especially from trading blocs in Asia and Europe. Internally, the region is experiencing illegal migration, uneven economic development, drug-related violence, and border insecurity. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed in 1992, was followed by a period of unprecedented growth in trade and foreign investment. Today, the benefits of NAFTA are no longer quite as evident, and dialogue on North American issues is largely muted. How can North America remain competitive in the global economy? Can closer cooperation solve the continent’s internal difficulties? What is required for deeper regional integration? Join Robert A. Pastor for a discussion on North America’s challenges and his vision of a continental future.

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His latest book, The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.