The North American Research Partnership is an independent, non-profit networked think-tank that conducts strategic applied research and outreach on how 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 such as border management, trade and competitiveness, energy, sustainability, security, and education. The Partnership has offices in San Diego and Phoenix and key partners located in Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and Ottawa.

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

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As a continuation of the work presented in our recent report, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition, the North American Research Partnership and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute undertook a project to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Our goal was to understand regional supply chains, discuss approaches to cluster-based economic development, and develop steps that could be taken by local and federal actors to facilitate the further development of key industrial clusters. An interactive mapping tool and a new report, Competitive Border Communities: Mapping U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries, are now available. For more information, click here.

NARP News Headlines

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.