The Great Bipartisan War on Free Trade

The Great Bipartisan War on Free Trade

photo: Dirk Dallas Like most economists, I am strongly inclined toward free trade. I cringe to see the way free trade is under attack, from both parties, during this primary season. The two populist candidates are the worst offenders. Bernie Sanders, whom I support on many other issues [1] [2] [3], goes off the rails when it comes to […]

Great Graphic: Brazil Giving Up Another Goal?

Many Brazilians are loath to see their rival Argentina win the World Cup at the Maracana on Sunday. However, as this Great Graphic from theFinancial Times beyondbrics blog, shows, Brazil is falling behind another regional rival, Mexico, in auto output. Mexico’s auto output in H1 was 1.60 mln units, while Brazil produced 1.57 mln vehicles.    Although Mexico’s lead […]

Could Gang Violence End Mexico’s Shale Dream?

By Nick Cunningham: Violence in Mexico could thwart hopes of a budding shale boom, as oil and gas companies operating in Texas may think twice about moving south of the border. Mexico holds an estimated 545 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas and 13 billion barrels of shale oil, but progress in developing those resources […]

What Are the Benefits of China-Mexico Energy Cooperation?

Question: Mexico’s Pemex announced in late May that it is close to reaching a deal with Chinese companies to create a Sino- Mex Energy Fund worth up to $4 billion dollars to invest in and finance large-scale infrastructure projects, the largest Chinese investment fund in Latin America to date. What opportunities does Mexico’s energy sector offer […]

Mexico Energy Talks

I recently had the opportunity, along with Vianovo’s James Taylor,  to chat with Mexican Congressman Javier Treviño, one of the country’s energy reform leaders. We focused on what investors and analysts can expect from the secondary legislation currently being hammered out in Mexico’s Congress—touching on the development of Mexico’s new energy model, national content requirements, […]

Mexico’s Oil and Taxes

Over the last three decades, oil’s importance in the Mexican economy has diminished, with energy products shrinking from over three-quarters of all exports in 1982 to less than 15 percent in 2012. Still energy’s role in Mexico’s politics has not receded, in part due to the federal budget’s dependence on the sector—taxes and royalties comprise roughly a […]

Mexico as a Global Player

Last week, Foreign Affairs hosted a full day conference on Mexico, to talk about the country as a regional and global player. Panel topics included U.S.-Mexico cooperation, bilateral trade, regional immigration, and Mexico’s social inclusion and education system. You can find the full agenda here. The video starts with an introduction from Gideon Rose, the editor of Foreign Affairs, […]

For the Three Amigos, It’s Time to Face Their El Guapo

President Obama  is on his way to join Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito in the bustling city of Toluca, Mexico, for the 2014 North America Leaders Summit. The meeting could not come soon enough for the “Three Amigos.” In the 1986 movie, “¡Three Amigos!,” Steve Martin’s character explains how […]