Hudson Institute recently held a panel discussion on:
Anderson, Rothkopf, Sands, and Peschard-Sverdrup
Hunter, Gresser, Drajem, and Padilla
North America at New Orleans:
The Future of NAFTA and the SPP
Monday, April 14, 2008
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hudson Institute: Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
As U.S. presidential candidates threaten to cancel or renegotiate NAFTA, Canadian and Mexican leaders will gather in New Orleans for a trilateral summit to discuss U.S. trade policy after the Bush administration. Will these North American summits continue? What role will the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) play, especially in eliminating nontariff barriers, streamlining inspections and regulations, and seeking agreement on standards for security and product safety?
These questions were addressed in two parts. The first panel explored the agenda and accomplishments of North American talks to date. This panel was moderated by Christopher Sands, Hudson Senior Fellow; featuring comments by Professor Greg Anderson, University of Alberta, co-author (with Sands) of a recent study of the SPP; Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, Peschard-Sverdrup & Associates/CSIS, Director of the Future of North America 2025 project; and Adrean Rothkopf, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Managing Director for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
A second panel considered the future of U.S. trade policy after the 2008 elections – both in regard to our NAFTA partners and the wider world. The panel was moderated by Rod Hunter, Hudson Senior Fellow and former Senior Director, International Economic Policy, National Security Council; with comments by U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Christopher Padilla, Mark Drajem, Bloomberg News; and Edward Gresser, Progressive Policy Institute.