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: State of the Border Report


As the debate over immigration reform has brought the management of the U.S.-Mexico border back into the spotlight, this report provides a comprehensive look at the state of affairs in the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and competitiveness, security, sustainability, and quality of life. The report suggests that rather than consider each issue individually, the interdependent nature of topics like trade and security demand the border be approached from a more holistic perspective. Read more about the report here.

NARP in the News

El Paso Times- Vic Kolenc: Border Patrol wants more women agents, steps up recruitment efforts in El Paso and elsewhere

Erik Lee, executive director of the North America Research Partnership, a San Diego-based research organization which looks at economic and other issues along the U.S.-Mexico border, said recruiting more women agents is “not a bad public relations move” for the Border Patrol. It doesn’t have a good public image, he said.

Union Tribune San Diego- Dr. Rick Van Schoik: U.S. energy policy should include our neighbors

Why does everyone for one reason or another act as if approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a massive job creator, threshold to energy security through continental interdependence, or the end of the world through greenhouse gas emissions or oil spills? It’s actually none of those, but by adopting a North American perspective it is or could be a win for jobs, a win for security, and a win for the climate.

Arizona Central- Dr. Rick Van Schoik: NAFTA, 20 years later: It works

No NAFTA celebration is complete without recognizing protections for the environment and workers.