The North American Idea

Robert Pastor 

September 19, 2011

Event Description

Initially, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the United States, Mexico and Canada. Beginning in 2001, however, trade slowed, manufacturing jobs shrank and illegal migration and drug-related violence soared. Europe caught up, and China leaped ahead. To reinvigorate the continent, NAFTA countries need to embrace their interdependence. Robert Pastor offers a detailed blueprint for a more integrated, dynamic and equitable North America.


Robert Pastor is a professor of International Relations and the founder and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. The author of 17 books, most recently The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future, Pastor has also served on the National Security Council and as a consultant to the State and Defense Departments.

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Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Fall 2011 article "U.S. - MEXICO FUTURES FORUM: Thinking Continentally" by Robert Pastor.