About Us

About Us
The North American Research Partnership (NARP) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that conducts applied research on a broad range of issues affecting relations between the United States, Mexico and Canada. NARP works on projects that touch on areas such as trade, economic development, border management, sustainability, energy, and security.

Why North America?
The sheer scale of North America is impressive and the three countries—each with its own unique history and cultures—together form an enormous system of economic, institutional and personal interactions critical to the futures of the three nations. Millions of jobs in the United States are directly or indirectly tied to trade with Canada and Mexico, which are the first and second largest export markets for the U.S., respectively. There are over 30 million people of Mexican descent in the United States, and over one million U.S. citizens living in Mexico. Canadian businesses and visitors have an impressive economic footprint in the U.S., and Mexican foreign direct investment is small but growing in the U.S. Eighty percent of Mexico’s exports are destined for the United States. The three nations also share approximately 7,500 miles of border (one of NARP’s specializations). Yet this ongoing interdependence is neither widely understood nor fully capitalized on, and numerous challenges remain in terms of building trade, immigration, environmental, energy and security policies that are robust and sustainable.

An Applied Approach
NARP’s approach emphasizes highly applied and substantive research centered on strategic policy events, working papers, technical evaluations, and ongoing outreach to the principal stakeholders and influencers in public and private sectors as well as the news media.

Key People

Staff
Erik Lee, Executive Director and Director, Trade and Economic Development Portfolio
Rick Van Schoik, Director, Energy and Sustainability Portfolio