Conferences and Seminars

Conference: Building a North American Community
Economic Integration and Regulatory Cooperation in North America

CNAS hosted experts from North America who discussed trade, infrastructure, regulation, and other topics integral to the economic aspects of building a North American Community. View the conference summary and the conference agenda for more information.

View the papers presented at the conference:
"The Solution to North America's Triple Problem: The Case for a North American Investment Fund" by Robert A. Pastor
"Transaction costs in the transportation sector and infrastructure in North America: exploring harmonization of standards" by Juan Carlos Villa
"Trading up: the prospect of greater regulatory convergence in North America" by Michael Hart
"Status of agrifood regulatory coordination under the North American Free Trade Agreement" by Ronald D. Knutson and Rene F. Ochoa

View the American Today article about the conference.
November 16-17, 2007

Study Tour: UNAM Visiting Students

In March 2007, CNAS was proud to host a delegation made up of almost a dozen students and professors from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) in Culiacán, and the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Puebla. CNAS organized a study tour of Washington D.C. that would cap their graduate work in US Studies. Highlights included observing Congress in session, meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce, and discussing US-Mexico policy at the State Department. Their trip was sponsored by their universities and the US embassy in Mexico City.
March 26-30, 2007.

Picture: Daniel HernandezFaculty Seminar: North America: Managing our Borders and the Perimeter

Daniel Hernandez, SIS Mexican Diplomat in Residence and CNAS Senior Fellow, presented his paper on the North American experience from the perspective of theories on borders, borderlands, identities and sovereignty. Read the full summary of his paper.
Presented on April 11, 2007.

Faculty Seminar: The Threat of Bioterrorism and Pandemics since 9/11: How to Improve North American Cooperation

To what extent have the governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico cooperated in preventing terrorist attacks, or in responding to a bioterrorist incident since 9/11? In what ways have the three national bio-security programs pursued similar goals? How have they differed? This event brought together some of the world's most prominent experts in this field to address this crucial issue. Agenda & Summary
April 2, 2007

Picture: Professor Michele EganConference: North American Law

"A North American Legal System: Is it Possible? Desirable?" CNAS and the Washington College of Law of American University co-sponsored a conference on the subject of legal harmonization and integration among the three principal North American countries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Some of the most distinguished legal scholars and practitioners from these three countries explored this theme in both theoretical and applied terms within this event. View the conference summary and agenda for more information.
February 16, 2007

Faculty Seminar: North American Immigration and Borders

Donald Avery, Fulbright Visiting Chair in North American Studies, Daniel Hernandez, AU Diplomat-in-Residence, and Nadia Gerspacher, CNAS Fellow, led an audience discussion on the subject of immigration and border policies of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Experts from the Mexican and Canadian embassies provided initial responses.
Feburary 5, 2007.

Faculty Seminar: North American Community

The presenters led a discussion of the May Report of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Building a North American Community, and the June Report to the Prime Minister and Presidents of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.
September 21, 2006.

Faculty Seminar: Military and Security Issues

Marcela Celorio, Mexican Diplomat-in-Residence of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations and Senior CNAS Fellow, spoke about military and security issues in Mexico and North America.   
January 17, 2006.

Faculty Seminar: Energy Markets and Economic Growth

Dr. Isidro Morales Moreno, Senior Fellow at CNAS, visiting Fulbright Fellow and Dean of Social Sciences, Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, focused on "The Prospects and Challenges for Enhanced Cooperation in North America's Continental Energy Market" and Professor Robert A. Blecker, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, will spoke about "Reviving Economic Growth in Mexico in the Context of North American Integration."
December 1, 2005.

North American Regulatory Convergence

Senior representatives of the governments, the faculty advisory committee, AU students, and others discussed parts of the reports from The Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America focusing on the harmonization of regulations. Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Building a North American Community, and the Report to the Prime Minister and Presidents of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.
October 26, 2005.

Picture: Mexican election official and Robert PastorConference: The North American Perspective: Democratic Deficits at Home and Abroad

This conference was co-sponsored by the Center for North American Studies, Center for Democracy and Election Management, and the Council for a Community of Democracies to evaluate challenges to democracy in the three North American nations.
View: American Weekly story
February 1, 2005

Picture: Mexican election official and Robert PastorConference: Democracy and Elections in North America: What Can We Learn From Our Neighbors?

The conference was convened to analyze the state of democracy of these three countries, extract lessons concerning best (and worst) practices, and recommend measures that could be taken to improve democracy in each. View: more information
November 14-15, 2003