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A Critical Look at NAFTA Past, Present and Future

March 5, 2008 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Critical Look at NAFTA Past, Present and Future

As concerns about disruptive imbalances in the global economy grow both nationally and abroad, and the U.S. public is increasingly engaged in the 2008 presidential campaign, we believe it is the right time to review what has worked and what needs to be changed in US economic policy.

In response to growing interest in the U.S. and the need for reform of trade and investment rules, this event will take a critical look at NAFTA as an integration model, with a particular focus on what has happened in the areas of agriculture, development and migration in North America.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to or call 202-462-7512 by Monday, March 3rd. Please indicate in your response if you will be needing simultaneous translation. Alternatively, contact Alexandra Spieldoch, or Liane Schalatek, for more information.

Co-sponsoring organizations: Global Exchange, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Washington Office on Latin America, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Alliance for Responsible Trade, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Institute for Policy Studies.


  • 9 – 9:15

    Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
  • 9:15 – 10
    Keynote: From NAFTA then and now toward a U.S. trade agenda that works for people, at home and abroad

    Introduction: Tom Loudon, Alliance for Responsible Trade
    The Honorable Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House of Representatives
    The Honorable Victor Quintana, Deputy of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico
    The Honorable Peter Julian, Member of Parliament, Canada
  • 10 – 11:00
    Tri-national Roundtable

    Jeff Faux, Economic Policy Institute
    Juan Manuel Sandoval, Seminario Permanente de Estudios Chicanos y de Fronteras
    John Foster, North-South Institute/Common Frontiers
    Facilitator: Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
  • 11:00 – 11:15
  • 11:15 – 12:15
    Impacts of NAFTA on food, agricultural production, and small and medium producers

    Steve Zahniser, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Tim Wise, Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University
    Enrique Perez, ANEC
    Karen Pedersen, National Farmers Union, Canada
    Facilitator: Alexandra Spieldoch, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • 12:15 – 1:00
    Lunch Break
  • 1 – 2:15
    The links between NAFTA, Development and Migration

    Ricardo Salvador, Kellogg Foundation
    Raul Delgado Wise, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico
    Laura Carlsen, CIP –Americas Program
    Facilitator: Ted Lewis, Global Exchange
  • 2:15 – 3:15
    How is NAFTA being expanded? How does this relate to the broader U.S. Trade Agenda and Migration?

    Pierre Yves Seguinet, RQIQ (Quebec Network for Continental Integration) – tentative
    Alejandro Villamar, Mexican Network on Free Trade
    Gabriela Lemus, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
    Rep. , US Department of Commerce – tentative
    Facilitator: Manuel Perez Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies
  • 3:15 – 3:30
  • 3:30– 4:45
    What would a positive US agenda on agriculture, trade and migration look like? Some messages for Congress and Presidential Candidates

    Thomas Palley, Economics for Democratic and Open Societies
    Oscar Chacon, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities
    Kathy Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition
    Facilitator: Vicki Gass, Washington Office on Latin America
  • 4:45 – 5
    Alexandra Spieldoch, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


March 5, 2008
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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