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

Calgary Herald – Dade, Garcia, Lee: Canada needs NAFTA 2.0 to stay in trade game

Twenty years ago, NAFTA was a groundbreaking trade agreement, the gold standard that ushered in an era of increased trade and prosperity. The rest of the world noticed and, as one would expect, responded. NAFTA is now hopelessly outdated…

Fronteras Desk – Arizona-Mexico Tensions Begin To Thaw

The recession made clear to many leaders that Arizona needed to diversify its economy away from just real estate, said Erik Lee, the executive director of the North American Research Partnership, a think tank focused on the continent. “At the end of the day you have to make and sell stuff to folks to grow your wealth to grow your economy,” Lee said. “Mexico is right there as our go-to customer internationally.”

Grupo Milenio - La energía de América del Norte

El TLCAN no solo ha cuadruplicado el volumen comercial anual entre los tres países, sino que ha generado procesos de producción estrechamente integrados en diversos sectores (Chris Wilson, “Working Together”, 2011 http:bit,ly/1ku2Fcw). México, Estados Unidos y Canadá manufacturaron hoy conjuntamente bienes con un creciente valor agregado…