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A World without NAFTA?

Council of the Americas

January 25, 2018


NAFTA Negotiators Ildefonso Guajardo, Chrystia Freeland, and Robert Lighthizer. (AP)

The Trump Administration’s efforts to re-negotiate NAFTA continue amidst uncertainty and growing concern whether the parties will be able to conclude talks successfully. Several major issues are still pending resolution, so the NAFTA talks have been extended through the first quarter of 2018, including a negotiating round in Montreal in late January.

With such significant conceptual gaps between the parties, the future of the agreement is in question—but what is truly at stake? What would a post-NAFTA world look like? To analyze the potential impact of withdrawal on job growth, competitiveness, and geopolitics, please join Council of the Americas and the Wilson Center for a discussion with city mayors, former ambassadors and business leaders from the three NAFTA countries.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation about the future of the region.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paola Avila, Chair, Border Trade Alliance, Vice President, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Karan Bhatia, Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy, General Electric
  • James Blanchard, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada; Partner, DLA Piper
  • Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center
  • Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego
  • Juan Manuel Gastélum, Mayor of Tijuana
  • Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
  • Michael Kergin, Former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S.; Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Earl Anthony Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Public Policy Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Register online here.

Video: A World without NAFTA?

January 29, 2018

How would North America function without the trade bloc? Council of the Americas and the Wilson Center held a discussion with current and ex-government officials and business leaders from across the continent....