President Clinton is making a major trip to Mexico in February, his first presidential visit to Mexico since May 1997. As we enter the sixth year of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and as both countries prepare for elections next year, this trip will set the tone for the future of U.S.-Mexico relations. On the eve of the visit, Brookings will convene an expert panel for an in-depth discussion of the critical issues facing the President on his trip:
- What is the future of NAFTA?
- What should be done to help stave off another economic crisis in Mexico?
- Will the U.S. and Mexico succeed in coordinating efforts to fight the drug trade?
- Can the two nations reach a consensus on illegal immigration?
- What do U.S.-Mexico relations mean for Mexico’s presidential election next year, the first truly competitive election in Mexico this century?
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.