The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future

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In its first seven years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, increasing its share of the world economy. In 2001, however, North America peaked. Since then, trade has slowed among the three, manufacturing has shrunk, and illegal migration and drug-related violence have soared. At the same time, Europe caught up, and China leaped ahead. In The North American Idea, eminent scholar and policymaker Robert A. Pastor explains that NAFTA's mandate was too limited to address the new North American agenda. Instead of offering bold initiatives like a customs union to expand trade, leaders of the three nations thought small. Interest groups stalemated the small ideas while inhibiting the bolder proposals, and the governments accomplished almost nothing.

To overcome this resistance and reinvigorate the continent, the leaders need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence. Pastor shows how this idea--once woven into the national consciousness of the three countries--could mobilize public support for continental solutions to problems like infrastructure and immigration that have confounded each nation working on its own. Providing essential historical context and challenging readers to view the continent in a new way, The North American Idea combines an expansive vision with a detailed blueprint for a more integrated, dynamic, and equitable North America.

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Robert A. Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Founder and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. He served on the National Security Council and as a Consultant to the State and Defense Departments. He is the author of sixteen other books, including Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy to Latin America and A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World.

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"Pastor presses his case with intelligence and good humor, marshaling data to demonstrate that all three nations would be better off adopting cooperative solutions to common problems...His book constitutes a brave master plan, a bright vision to challenge and enlighten future generations." -- Foreign Affairs


"The North American Idea is a brilliant work offering a creative vision of
North America's future. Buttressed by masterful scholarship, it is profoundly
challenging and politically insightful." - Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. National Security Advisor (1977-1981)


"The North American Idea is a 'big idea' book that no one could have written as well as Robert Pastor. He knows the substance and the sensitivities better than anyone. The idea's time has not yet come, but the book's certainly has." - Jorge Castañeda, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (2000-2003)


"The future of the United States is, in many ways, linked to the future of its North American neighbors on security, economic, and political issues. Robert Pastor has done a superb job of bringing these issues to the forefront and raising insightful questions about how far the United States, Canada, and Mexico should integrate themselves. How these questions are answered will help determine the competitiveness of all three countries in the global economy." - James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State and 67th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury


"Business and boldness led Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.A. to come together in NAFTA - for economic reasons. Robert Pastor argues that our continent is much more than just an economy. He spells out both the logic, and the logistics, of making much more of the enormous potential of the North American community, while respecting national sovereignty and identity. And he poses the critical question: are we bold enough?" - The Right Honorable Joe Clark, 16th Prime Minister of Canada


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