NAFTA 2.0 Or What?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Trade Representative passed a NAFTA draft letter in Congress to outline the strategic objectives of the renegotiation of NAFTA. The letter allegedly was moderate in tone and does not align with the electoral propaganda that NAFTA was the worst deal […]

The Seven Tudes and Paradiplomacy: Why Our Arizona Cities Win?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer According to the local news, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton might be looking for a “higher, statewide office,” potentially the Arizona Secretary of State. Regardless of the political intentions of Stanton, he has been one of the most adamant proponents of a globally minded Phoenix Metro Area. His Department of Economic […]

Promexico at Thunderbird: Why Global Trade and NAFTA Still Matter

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Being aware of Mexico’s strategic value for both the U.S. and Arizona economies, as well as the current uncertainty surrounding the future of the U.S-Mexico relationship, I decided to partner with my Mexican colleagues at Promexico to find venues of cooperation and to start conversations for fostering a robust ASU-Mexico […]

We Are the USA, Not the USA, Inc.

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer As I’ve mentioned before, the relationship with Mexico is vital for some industries and for the middle class of America. About 5 million American jobs depend on trade with Mexico, and millions of American households depend on highly affordable agricultural products from Mexico. By imposing a border tax, the Trump […]

NAFTA’s Future: Sometimes a No-Deal Is Better Than a Bad Deal

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer  The moment we saw former President Obama flying away from Washington D.C., we knew that a whole batch of public servants believing in liberal democracy would be gone from D.C. and that America would become more self-centered and isolated. One of the saddest moments in American modern history took place […]

Mexico and Thunderbird: Building Bridges, Not Walls

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Contrary to the ongoing general opinion, Mexico represents a large business opportunity, as it is one of the most vibrant economies of the world and a market eager to consume American products and services. Mexico has also seen a decreased sense of anti-Americanism over the last decades. According to the Mexico […]