Inter-American Dialogue Inter-American Dialogue
About the DialogueMembersEventsPublicationsImpactSupport Program Agenda



Photo Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

NAFTA 20 YEARS LATER: In the 20 years since it entered into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been both lauded and attacked in the United States. What has the trade agreement achieved? Dialogue co-chair and former U.S. Trade Representative Carla A. Hills (pictured above center) writes in Foreign Affairs. Dialogue co-vice chair Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty writes in the Wall Street Journal. The Dialogue's Latin America Advisor asks experts, "What are the best options for modernizing NAFTA?" In December, the Dialogue hosted a dinner celebrating 20 years of NAFTA and advances in Mexico-US relations.


The Dialogue's work on Mexico seeks to build a deeper understanding of the country's most pressing issues and its evolving role in the hemisphere. Central issues include economic development, the threat of organized crime and insecurity, migration, remittances, trade relations, energy, and democratic stability. The Dialogue recognizes Mexico's unique relationship with the United States and particularly emphasizes projects that will promote sustained and balanced cooperation between the two countries. 


Michael Shifter, President
Peter Hakim
, President Emeritus
Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow
Murat Dagli, Program Assistant

For more information please contact Murat Dagli at or (202) 463-2574.


To keep kids from our borders, fix things farther south, by Peter Hakim, Reuters, 14 July 2014 and Infolatam, 27 August 2014.

A Short History of Cinco de Mayo for Everyone Who Still Thinks It's Mexican Independence Day by Cameron Combs in PolicyMic 5 May 2014.

From distant neighbors to natural partners by Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, Miami Herald, 4 February 2014.

What Are the Best Options for Modernizing NAFTA?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Arturo Sarukhán, Carl Meacham, Jeff Faux, Ben Beachy, and James R. Jones, 6 January 2014.

NAFTA's economic upsides, by Carla A. Hills, Foreign Affairs, January 2014.

It's Time for Nafta 2.0, by Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, Wall Street Journal, 15 December 2013.

Reforma Fiscal en México, by Alicia Bárcena, Reforma, 4 November 2013.

Will Teachers' Resistance Derail Mexico's Education Reforms?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Reyes Tamez Guerra, Jeffrey Puryear, Andrés Rozental, and Sergio Bitar, 10 September 2013.

Which Mexico for Obama?, by Peter Hakim, Reuters, 1 May 2013

Obama Heads South Again/Obama mira otra vez al Sur, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, 4 April 2013.

What Will the Proposed Telecom Overhaul Mean for Mexico?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Daniel Castro, Ramiro Tovar Landa, Andrés Rozental, and James R. Jones, 25 March 2013

How Well Has Peña Nieto Performed in His First 100 Days?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Rogelio Ramirez de la O, James R. Jones, Andrés Rozental, Pamela Starr, and Duncan Wood, 1 March 2013

La palanca judicial, by Jesús Silva-Herzog Marquez, Reforma, 25 February 2013.

Shifting Fortunes: Brazil & Mexico in a Transformed Region, by Michael Shifter & Cameron Combs, Current History, February 2013.

Have Prospects for U.S.-Mexican Relations Improved? Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Peter Hakim, Andrés Rozental, and Laura Carlsen, 1 February 2013. 

Which Issues Will Define the Brazil-Mexico Agenda?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Peter Hakim, Rubens Barbosa, Ruben Olmos, and Joel Korn, 8 January 2013.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? by Peter Hakim, Foreign Policy, 26 November 2012.

A Campaign About Nothing, by Michael Shifter, Foreign Policy, 28 June 2012.



A More Ambitious Agenda: A Report of the Inter-American Dialogue's Commission on Mexico-US Relations/Una Agenda Más Ambiciosa: Informe de la Comisión de Diálogo Interamericano sobre relaciones México-Estados Unidos, February 2013.

Peace Now? Mexican Security Policy after Felipe Calderón, by Alejandro Hope, January 2013.

Vulnerabilidad y remesas en el sector rural Mexicano, by Manuel Orozco, January 2010.

Violence and Impunity: Protecting Journalists in Colombia and Mexico/Violencia e Impunidad: Cómo Proteger a los Periodistas en Colombia y México, March 2010.


Congressional Members' Working Group: A Conversation on US Cooperation in Central America and Mexico, 11 December 2013.

A Celebration of Mexico-US Relations, 4 December 2013.

Mexico on the Regional and Global Stage, 30 July 2013.

Congressional Members' Working Group: President Obama's Visit and the Outlook for US Relations with Mexico and Central America, 22 May 2013.

Press Briefing: President Obama's Visit to Mexico and Central America, 29 April 2013.

Criminal Violence in Mexico: Challenges for the Peña Nieto Administration, 14 March 2013.

Launch: A More Ambitious Agenda, A Report of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Commission on Mexico-US Relations, 6 February 2013.

A Discussion on Mexico's Education Challenges, 29 November 2012.

Mexico-US Relations and Hemispheric Challenges: A Conversation with Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, 15 November 2012.

Mexico's Next Sexenio: What Lies Ahead, 26 July 2012.

The Future of US-Mexico Cooperation, 25 July 2012.

A New Vision for Mexico 2042: Achieving Prosperity for All, 3 April 2012.

Mexico's Foreign Policy: The Issues and Choices Ahead, 7 December 2011.

A Conversation with Josefina Vázquez Mota, 21 October 2011.



Politics to Shadow Obama's Trade Talks in Mexico, Peter Hakim in New York Times, 18 February 2014.

Analistas observan con escepticismo el cónclave en Toluca Michael Shifter in Metro Noticias, 17 February 2014.

México y Brasil pugnan por poner sus empresas en Cuba Michael Shifter in La Tercera, 5 February 2014.

Ejecución de Tamayo crea una herida entre México y EEUU Michael Shifter in Rumbo 23 January 2014.

Mexico's reversal of fortune Michael Shifter and Cameron Combs in Reuters 17 January 2014.

México participa en una Cumbre Iberoamericana… con los roles cambiados, Michael Shifter in Animal Político, 18 October 2013.

For Juárez, new administration, new hope, the Dialogue in El Paso Inc., 13 October 2013.

New administration, new hope for human rights in Juárez, the Dialogue in Newspaper Tree, 9 October 2013.

Monitorean las reformas de México, Michael Shifter in Reforma, 6 October 2013.

Biden inaugurará diálogo económico EEUU-México a la sombra del espionaje, Michael Shifter in El Comercio, 19 September 2013.

Biden inaugurará diálogo económico EEUU-México a la sombra del espionaje, Michael Shifter in El Correo, 19 September 2013.

Biden inaugurará diálogo de alto nivel en México para promover competitividad, Michael Shifter in El Nacional, 19 September 2013.

La revolución educativa de México y Brasil, Jeff Puryear in Los Tiempos, 19 September 2013.

La revolución educativa de México y Brasil, Jeff Puryear in El Periódico, 18 September 2013.

Andres Oppenheimer: Mexico, Brazil education laws may be historic, Jeff Puryear in the Miami Herald, 15 September 2013.

La revolución educativa de México y Brasil, Jeff Puryear in Eju.TV, 15 September 2013.

Protest Wave Poses Test for Latin American Leaders, Michael Shifter in The Wall Street Journal, 9 September 2013.

Flujos migratorios de México a EU se reducirán, the Dialogue in El Economista, 31 July 2013.

"México ya no será fuente de migración hacia EU", the Dialogue event in Sipse, 30 July 2013.

Migración de mexicanos a EUA se reducirá: Medina Mora, the Dialogue in Vértigo Político, 30 July 2013.

México cambia de imagen, Michael Shifter and Cameron Combs in El Tiempo, 7 June 2013.