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Silly Season of NAFTA Bashing

Sunday, March 23, 2008  |  Susan Segal  |  Calgary Herald

In the Calgary Herald, AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal explains how, despite candidates' anti-NAFTA talk, the pact has proven a crucial investment and trade tool. "In a campaign about optimism and the promise of America, anti-NAFTA rhetoric simply doesn't fit," writes Segal. ... Read More

Stop Hating on NAFTA

Wednesday, March 5, 2008  |  Washington Post

The North American Free Trade Agreement as been battered lately with sharp criticisms and calls has been made to withdrawal from it. In an op-ed, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez argues that this would be a disaster, hurting the U.S. economy, its workers, and its communities. ... Read More

A New Trade Policy for the Americas

Wednesday, March 5, 2008  |  Eric Farnsworth  |  Poder

It may soon be time to pronounce last rites on the current path of U.S. trade policy in the Americas. With the presidential election season well underway, it is a good time to step back and consider where to go from here, writes COA's Eric Farnsworth in the latest issue of Poder magazine. ... Read More

Labor Reform: Undercompetitive Economies and Unprotected Workforce

Thursday, January 31, 2008  |  Christopher Sabatini

Senior Policy Director and Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini examines why Latin America remains one of the most inflexible regions in terms of labor markets. He suggests swift labor law reforms to attract foreign investment, increase productivity, and social protections for their workforce. ... Read More

Congress Should OK Trade Deal

Sunday, November 25, 2007  |  Miami Herald

In a Miami Herald editorial, retired U.S. General Barry R. McCaffrey explains that Colombia's robust economy and drastically improved security situation warrant approval of a U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement—a pact currently stalled in the U.S. Congress. ... Read More