Renegotiating NAFTA: Prospects and Challenges: Session II: The Debate Over Nafta

Featuring Marta Bengoa, Steve Charnovitz, Daniel Griswold, Alvaro Santos, Todd Tucker, Christopher Wilson, & Daniel J. Ikenson

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is currently being renegotiated by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to get a better deal, or walk away entirely from NAFTA if necessary. Amidst the air of uncertainty surrounding the talks, a productive discussion surrounding the prospects and challenges to modernizing NAFTA has emerged. Though NAFTA was a cutting–edge trade deal in 1994, international trade has transformed significantly since then, most notably with the advent of the digital economy. This full–day conference explores both the politics and reality of the NAFTA negotiations, and puts forward ideas for what a modern NAFTA could look like.


Marta Bengoa, City College of New York
Steve Charnovitz, George Washington University Law School
Dan Griswold, Mercatus Center
Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center
Todd Tucker, Roosevelt Institute
Christopher Wilson, Wilson Center

Moderator: Dan Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute