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Making North America

Making North America: Trade, Security, and Integration

Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 200
  • Book Info
    Making North America
    Book Description:

    InMaking North America, James Thompson uses the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994 to demonstrate that there has been an often-unrecognized impulse behind the process of North American integration - national security.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-6513-2
    Subjects: Economics, History, Political Science

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-2)
  4. 1 Core Concepts
    (pp. 3-25)

    Something seemingly unimportant occurred in Waco, Texas, on 23 March 2005. It was there on that day that the leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico met together and established the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America. This event went largely unnoticed by the general public, which is not surprising. The SPP, after all, was conceived of by its creators as an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994, which, in turn, is a vast document whose numerous details pertaining to cross-border trade might strike most people as rather arcane. Furthermore, several of...

  5. 2 CUFTA
    (pp. 26-67)

    At first glance it might appear challenging to determine what – if any – security issues could have prompted the United States and Canada to create an FTA in 1988. The North American region, after all, is presumed to enjoy one of the most benign security environments in the world, with the US-Canadian relationship in particular serving as an apparent paragon of peaceful interstate behaviour. Yet, despite this appearance of an untroubled security environment, patterns of reciprocal insecurity for the United States and Canada have manifested themselves repeatedly throughout the last two hundred-plus years, as have particular patterns of trade; indeed, these...

  6. 3 NAFTA
    (pp. 68-115)

    The establishment of NAFTA in 1994 was a watershed moment in North American history. Never before had the continent’s three states signed on to such an extensive trilateral trading agreement. Yet, not-withstanding the singular importance of NAFTA, its significance is typically only partially appreciated – a partialness that reflects a general lack of recognition of the security motivations that helped prompt its creation. Those motivations, in turn, were part of a longstanding pattern of trade-and-security seeking behaviour involving the United States and Mexico, just as the creation of CUFTA was but one step in a larger pattern of trade-and-security seeking activity...

  7. 4 The Broader Context
    (pp. 116-136)

    There are currently several regional integration efforts underway in various parts of the world. Of all of these, that which is transpiring in North America seems perhaps the least likely – at first glance – to have been motivated by security concerns. Yet, as the foregoing chapters demonstrate, security motivations have played a central role in the North American integration process and will likely continue to do so. Recognition of this fact allows, in turn, for a further recognition – namely, of the similarities between the North American project and those other integration projects in other regions that have likewise been rooted in...

  8. List of Interviews
    (pp. 137-138)
  9. Chronologies of Important Events
    (pp. 139-148)
  10. Notes
    (pp. 149-174)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 175-186)
  12. Index
    (pp. 187-190)