Who We Are

The North American Research Partnership is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit think-tank that conducts applied research and outreach on how regions and communities in the United States, Mexico and Canada can better position themselves for success in the 21st century. The Partnership works on a broad range of interrelated international policy topics with an emphasis on cross-border trade and economic development.

Featured Project: Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries

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U.S.-Mexico border communities aspire to be more than “pass-through” communities, and the two federal governments want to use the border as a platform for expanding North American trade. But how? The North American Research Partnership and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute undertook a project to identify, map and analyze key industries operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. We looked at regional supply chains, discussed approaches to cluster-based economic development, and developed steps to facilitate the further development of key industrial clusters. The result was an interactive mapping tool and a report, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries.

Get a head start on reading Competitive Border Communities by watching the video summary (produced by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership):

NARP in the News

The San Diego Union Tribune- Sandra Dibble: Report: Cross-border clusters key to growth

Though U.S.-Mexico trade has boomed since the 1994 implementation of the North American Trade Agreement, border regions are missing opportunities by not taking a more integrated approach to economic development, according to a report released this week.

The San Diego Union Tribune- Rick Van Schoik: Intentions not enough to address global climate concerns

We have an election cycle in so full a swing it’s as if we suddenly leapt a year ahead, but in case you somehow forget among the Trump-steria, climate change is a more pressing issue than ever before and perhaps the largest challenge of our day. If the pope, the Pentagon and most presidents agree on something, it’s that we are still facing a train wreck.

KJZZ- Steve Goldstein: What Mexico’s New Ambassador Means For Arizona, U.S.

For the past several months, Mexico didn’t have an ambassador to the U.S. Earlier this week, that changed with the appointment of Miguel E. Basañez.To figure out how significant that is for the U.S. and Arizona, we got in touch with Erik Lee, executive director of the North American Research Partnership.