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Canada-Mexico Trade: An Arranged Marriage Comes of Age

Jun 12, 2015
Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson recommends that Canada should prioritize trade partnerships with the U.S. and Mexico as an immediate strategy to advance their role in the regional supply chain. Instead of looking for free-trade deals in emerging, more distant markets, Canada should focus on trade and expanding markets closer to home. Canada’s NAFTA trade has been on the decline for the past 15 years, but Dawson makes the case for intensifying Canada’s trading relationship with Mexico. The Mexican market is thriving, Dawson says, with a large and growing consumer base, increasing enrollment in higher education and high economic growth rates that make it one of the most burgeoning emerging markets in the world. Although there are obstacles that stand in the way of a deeper trade relationship, such as disagreements over visa restrictions and the lack of political will, a closer trade engagement with Mexico holds a great deal of promise to provide the greatest rewards at the lowest risk.

What Happened to the Trade Deal?

Jun 12, 2015
"Niccolo Machiavelli wrote way back when that it is much safer for a leader to be feared than loved if he cannot be both. With the House defeat Friday of the fast-track trade package, largely thanks to Democratic votes, it appears that President Barack Obama may no longer be either with members of his own Party," writes Linda Killian.

Are Ukraine and the U.S. Allies or Not?

Jun 10, 2015
"At this critical moment for the future of Ukrainian, European and U.S. interests in the region, the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership lacks both strategy and partnership," write Matthew Rojansky, Thomas Graham and Michael Kofman.
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Hold the Obituary: Is the U.S. Really in Decline?

Jun 08, 2015
In the second installment of our recap of the Wilson Center May 2015 Alumni Conference, we hear from an a-list panel of analysts addressing the question, “Is the U.S. in decline?” From the China challenge to the “rise of the rest,” America’s place in the world is being questioned from within and without. Is the American Century truly over and are its best days in history’s rear view mirror? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

In Public Perceptions and Congress, a Disconnect on Trade?

Jun 01, 2015
"Fifty-nine percent of liberal Democrats and 62 percent of independents believe previous free-trade agreements have been good for the U.S., compared with just 50 percent of conservative Republicans. But you wouldn’t know that by studying the House, where more than 150 Democrats have announced opposition to TPP as well as presidential “fast track” authority for future trade deals. Republican opposition to the trade deal casts further doubt about its future," writes Linda Killian.
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Is the U.S. Still the “Indispensable Nation?”: A Conversation With Madeleine Albright

May 28, 2015
Madeleine Albright served as US Secretary of State (1997-2001) and also was a Wilson Center Scholar in 1981-82. She returned to the Center to take part in an alumni event, joining Wilson Director, President, and CEO, Jane Harman for a discussion of America’s historic and evolving role in world affairs.
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U.S. China Policy: Accommodate or Double Down?

May 27, 2015
Two recent reports have triggered a discussion surrounding the evolution of US policy toward China. The fundamental choice confronting policymakers is whether to respond to China’s rise by accommodating its ambitions or to challenge the People’s Republic by attempting to reassert or double down on American preeminence in the Asia-Pacific region. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the options during this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari
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Just the Facts: What is “Fact Checking” and Why is it Growing?

May 22, 2015
Journalism, at its best, is a search for truth. And identifying the truth involves getting the facts correct. But a movement known as “Fact Checking” is growing globally and takes what some consider standard journalism practice to new heights. Following the release of a new report on fact checking, we spoke with Jane Elizabeth from the American Press Institute about the findings and to learn more about the practice. She provides an overview in this edition of CONTEXT.

Middle East Realities That Challenge Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

May 20, 2015
"The emerging Iran deal that the Obama administration contends is comprehensive and definitive contains so many uncertainties, including those regarding Iran’s future nuclear weapons aspirations, that it might well turn out to be an extended interim accord," writes Aaron David Miller.

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