The Need for a Strong, More Unified North America

By Eric Farnsworth and Earl Anthony Wayne

A stronger North America will aid U.S. efforts to compete with China, write AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth and Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne in The Hill.

North America was trending in the midterm elections, although you may have missed it. Think about the top campaign issues in races across the country: economic recovery and job creation, inflation, the price of gasoline, immigration, border security, increasing crime and suffering in communities devastated by fentanyl and other drugs. With the exceptions of abortion and election integrity, virtually every issue that motivated voters also impacts—and is impacted by—North America.

In short, relations with Mexico and Canada touch the daily lives of more Americans than do ties with any other countries in the world.

And with President Biden having recently returned from Asia and his first presidential face-to-face meeting with China’s Xi Jinping, we are reminded that a more unified North America is required to meet the China challenge, economically and strategically. A disunited North America is catnip for global authoritarians. A stronger, more collaborative North American strategy can strengthen the United States’s ability to compete with China and others as the global scene transforms. […]

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