The renewed attention brought to the U.S.-Mexico relationship by the Trump administration has been accompanied by a proliferation of alternative facts and misconceptions. To support a constructive public discourse, we are working to disseminate the existing wealth of knowledge on the bilateral relationship to a broad audience, both inside and outside our community.     

To that end, I am excited to share the launch of our Stubborn Facts campaign with you.  In addition, we have created a new online data visualization site a nd a quick synopsis of some of our favorite news and  articles.

We encourage you to share our Stubborn Facts, data visualizations and reading recommendations to help us build a fact-based dialogue around the bilateral relationship. 

Also be sure to view our videos and photo gallery (see below) from our February conference on the future of the North American economic partnership, as well as photos from our March conference, "Free Trade in the Age of Trump."

To stay up to date on all of our news and conferences, visit our website, and follow us on Facebook and TwitterI hope to see you soon at one of our events!

Un abrazo,
MelissaFloca
Melissa Floca
USMEX Interim Director
Stubborn Facts  

Stubborn Facts is a campaign that seeks to engage academics, policymakers and the general public in an ongoing dialogue around key U.S.-Mexico policy issues. The project focuses on trade and migration because we believe that policy decisions affecting these two issues at the core of our relationship with Mexico must be evidence-based. Visit our new page to learn more >>
Exports to Mexico by state 

Mexico is the second most important export market for the U.S., representing 16% of total goods exports. Four states send more than 25% of their goods exports to Mexico: South Dakota (28%), Texas (37%), Arizona (40%) and New Mexico (45%). Our southern neighbor ranks among the top three export destinations for 31 states. Visit our map to learn more >>
What we're reading 

1. Where are we now?: Early this month, news swirled about a draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress laying out goals for renegotiating NAFTA. Politico's Michael Grunwald tries to read the tea leaves on the administration's intentions and suggests that NAFTA talks could easily turn into Trumpcare 2.0. Read here >>

2. NAFTA explained: This great series of podcasts by Marketplace explores NAFTA vis-à-vis cars, corn, baseball and margaritas, as well as what people get wrong when they talk about the trade agreement. Read here >>

3. Barking up the wrong tree: In this discussion forum, eight renowned thinkers dissect the "worst myth" about globalization--the job losses that accompanied it were impossible to avoid. These thought pieces weigh the policy choices that directly shaped the effect of globalization on local economies and dictated the winners and losers from international trade.  Read here >>

4. Made in North America: The Wilson Center's brilliant study outlines how Mexico and the U.S. combine their comparative advantages and supply chains to build things together. This piece goes behind the scenes of trade balances to explain how the two countries work together to increase the region's global competitiveness.  Read here >>

5. Required reading: The Council on Foreign Relations wrote an excellent backgrounder on NAFTA's impact on the North American economy, tracing the arc of the agreement from initial negotiations in 1991 to the present. The balanced analysis highlights how critics have blamed the agreement for job losses and wage stagnation, while supporters have touted the benefits of integration in terms of regional competitiveness and productivity. Read here >>  

What's next for NAFTA?

Archived from our conference on the future of the North American economic partnership, view nine videos comprising panel discussions regarding what led to the 1993 signing of NAFTA and what issues are likely to emerge as President Donald Trump considers backing away from U.S. commitments to Canada and Mexico.  Watch videos and view photos >>
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