The Grinding Gears of North America
The uncertain fate of NAFTA and President Trump’s trade wars are testing the bonds of the North American continent. From Iowa’s cornfields to Mexico’s factories, and from trust in Canada to strategy in China, these are stories of profits and losses that go beyond the balance sheet.
'Riding the Tiger' through Fields of Corn and Soy
While this patch of America’s heartland may seem far removed from the outside world, international trade is vital to keeping the plows in motion. Amid tariffs and market tumult, these communities wait and watch, worry and hope.
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Interactive Map: The United States of Trade
From auto to agro, bourbon to bees, and cash registers to cow semen, take this state-by-state tour to reveal the sources and destinations of the goods that crisscross the North American continent.
What I Lost in the Trade Wars: Reflections of a Disillusioned Canadian
I wonder if decision-makers in Washington, let alone the president, understand how Canadians are interpreting the recent developments, whether they care, and whether they realize what the practical consequences may be.
Mexico’s New President Chooses North America
Mexico’s identity as a North American nation has crystallized in the years since NAFTA was signed. Despite questions about its incoming president and major pressure points with Washington, that identity will not erode.
While Negotiators Talk NAFTA, Mexicans Grapple with Automation
Automation may be reshaping North American manufacturing and the North American workforce, but it is not a part of NAFTA negotiations. And so, cities like San Luis Potosí go on grappling with the ground-level changes under way.