United States Publications

A Global Choke Point Report: China's Water-Energy-Food Roadmap

Feb 18, 2015
The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new reckoning. Three colliding trends—declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand, and uncertain grain supplies—are disrupting economies, governments, and environments around the world. As the world’s most populous country and biggest energy consumer, China’s energy, food, and environmental security is threatened as it hits these choke points. How Chinese policymakers deal with these water-energy-food confrontations will have significant domestic and global consequences. more

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

Feb 02, 2015
The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership and the Border Legislative Conference, a program of the Council of State Governments West, are pleased to share with you this comprehensive report with recommendations aimed at strengthening the economic competitiveness of the U.S.-Mexico border region. more

China, No. 1? Wake Up, America!

Jan 20, 2015
According to the International Monetary Fund, early in December 2014 China’s economy surpassed that of the United States, which had led the world since the late nineteenth century. Meanwhile, the United States experienced large trade deficits and an eroding industrial base. To respond, the United States must promote fair international trade rules and embrace domestic policies for public and private growth. more

Echoes of 1992: The NAFTA Negotiations and North America Now

Dec 17, 2014
Two decades ago, Canada, Mexico, and the United States created a continental economy through the North American Free Trade Agreement. Using unpublished official Mexican documents, this paper sheds light on the negotiation process and draws important lessons for the future of North America. more

Integrating North America's Energy Markets: A Call for Action

Dec 16, 2014
The outlook for North American energy is bright, and the transformation in the regional energy paradigm has been dramatic. However, to achieve the full potential of this newly discovered regional energy wealth, it will be necessary to more fully integrate the three countries' energy markets. This paper argues that, in order to make North American energy independence a reality, there are several main areas that require attention from the three governments, working together, to make the transition to an integrated North American energy system. more

North America's Fossil Fuel Boom: More Risk for Water?

Dec 16, 2014
This joint China Environment Forum (CEF) and the Canada Institute research brief is published as part of CEF’s Cooperative Competitors project, which examines promising areas of clean energy and climate collaboration between the United States and China. more

The Brazilian Congress at the Frontier of Innovation

Dec 12, 2014
A report on the three Brazilian Congressional Study Missions on Innovation to the United States and the United Kingdom. more

Canadian Hydropower Could Lower U.S. Carbon Emissions

Dec 10, 2014
Canada generates a majority of its electricity from hydropower and is a global leader in hydroelectricity production. As a result, Canada is positioned to provide a secure and renewable source of electricity in response to increasing domestic demand for clean energy in the United States. more

Arctic Borders Still Aren't Settled

Dec 10, 2014
Even with the world's longest peaceful border and advanced mapping capabilities, Canada and the United States disagree about where their Arctic border begins and ends, specifically in the Beaufort Sea. more

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century

Nov 30, 2014
This publication focuses on the rapidly expanding relations between Asian and Latin American countries, with chapters focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the region at large. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.