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New Models for Hemispheric Integration

Tufts University

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $215,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–September 30, 2005
  • Location Medford, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus North America, South America

About this grant

During the past three years, the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University has analyzed the social and environmental impacts of economic integration between Mexico and the United States.Multiyear funding will enable the institute to glean lessons learned from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to inform the process of negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and other pending trade agreements, including the new round of World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations. Activities will include defining sustainable investment and developing guidelines for policy options at municipal, national and regional levels in Mexico; determining the sustainability of trade agreements; connecting Southern experts and advocates and expanding institutional collaboration; and disseminating research results to non-governmental organizations, the press and policymakers.Project accomplishments to date include researching and publishing a number of articles, papers and a book documenting the environmental and social consequences of the free-trade model for Mexico; enhancing public understanding of trade impacts; and providing new information and analysis in the search for sustainable alternatives within the context of ongoing trade negotiations for the FTAA and the WTO.