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

Site Selection Magazine- Rick Van Schoik, Erik Lee & Christopher Wilson: Borders into Bridges

As the United States and Mexico focus on a number of key bilateral and domestic economic efforts, the US-Mexico border region’s economy finds itself at a time of potentially enormous transition. New local initiatives have been developed in recent years across the border region – from Cali-Baja in Tijuana and San Diego to the Binational Economic Development Zone project in Brownsville and Matamoros – to promote border communities as unified and interdependent economic regions.

The Sacramento Bee- David Siders:  Jerry Brown, avoiding immigration debate, heads to Mexico

Erik Lee, executive director of the North American Research Partnership, which studies border issues, said legislation Brown has signed has made California ‘a leader in doing what it can within its jurisdiction’ on immigration.

The Arizona Republic- Lisa Urias:  Opinion: U.S. must resolve immigration crisis, invest in Western Hemisphere

Over the past two decades, American business and government have spent trillions of dollars and untold amounts of time and energy in mid- and far-east Asia ventures while ignoring the political and economic strategic value of our own hemisphere.