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 Time- Marty Schladen: Average El Paso Border Patrol agent apprehended 4.2 undocumented immigrants in 2013

‘We have a lot of Border Patrol agents here in El Paso without a lot to do,’ Lee told the panel of state senators and representatives. ‘We’re clearly at the point of diminishing returns.’

El Diario-Jesús Salas: Cuestionan el modelo operativo de Border Patrol

 Un reporte elaborado por los investigadores Christopher Wilson y Erik Lee —del Centro de Investigación Wilson— cuestiona el modo operativo de la Border Patrol debido a las condiciones cambiantes que enfrenta como institución.

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.