School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

2018 Douglas J. Gibson Lecture
Renegotiating NAFTA: A new model for North American economic (dis)integration

Robert Wolfe

Professor Emeritus
Queen's University

Thursday March 15, 2018,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

A light lunch for attendees will be available starting at 11:45 AM.  All are Welcome.


Robert Wolfe, March 15, 2018 [image]

 

Robert Wolfe

Professor Emeritus
Queen's University

Abstract:  Two aspirations are in tension in the NAFTA negotiations: 1. the calls from business to modernize a 1990s agreement, and 2. the economic nationalist demands in Washington to renegotiate the agreement in favour of the United States. The first could lead to a stronger and more integrated free trade area; the second could undermine the cross-border supply chains that now characterize the North American market. The resolution of this tension is in doubt. Drawing on the successful examples of CETA and TPP, the modernization chapters could be concluded easily. The contentious renegotiation aspects may yet cause the collapse of NAFTA.

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