Making North America: Trade, Security, and Integration

By James Thompson

© 2014

Much has been written about the trilateral relationship between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and the free trade agreements that this relationship has spawned. In Making 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.

Featuring interviews with key decision-makers from all three countries, including Brian Mulroney, George H.W. Bush, and Carlos Salinas, Making North America is a rigorous analysis of the role national security has played in North American integration. Furthermore, Thompson’s evidence suggests that the processes at work in North America are part of a global phenomenon where regions are progressively coalescing into larger-scale political entities.

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In Making 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.

Making North America: Trade, Security, and Integration

By James Thompson

© 2014

Much has been written about the trilateral relationship between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and the free trade agreements that this relationship has spawned. In Making 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.

Featuring interviews with key decision-makers from all three countries, including Brian Mulroney, George H.W. Bush, and Carlos Salinas, Making North America is a rigorous analysis of the role national security has played in North American integration. Furthermore, Thompson’s evidence suggests that the processes at work in North America are part of a global phenomenon where regions are progressively coalescing into larger-scale political entities.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.6in x 9.0in
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    Making North America is an important contribution to our understanding of the security aspects of trade agreements and provides a useful bridge between the paradigms of realism and liberalism. As many of the leaders Thompson interviewed confirmed, nothing is done in isolation; trade agreements, especially in the context of the Cold War, always had security implications.”
    Ian Rutherford, Department of Politics, Royal Military College of Canada
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    James Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Hiram College.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1: Core Concepts

    Chapter 2: CUFTA

    I. US-Canada Relations, 1770s-1970s

    1770s-1890s: Reciprocal Fear

    1898-1944: Shifting Sources of Threat

    1945-1979: The Cold War Context

    II. The Security Context of the 1980s

    III. The Decision to Establish an FTA

    IV. Assessing the Data

    V. Future Integration

    Chapter 3: NAFTA

    I. US-Mexico Relations, 1820s-1980s

    1820s-1860s: Engaging the British and the French

    1870s-1940s: German Influence

    1945-1989: The Cold War

    II. The Security Context of the 1980s and early 1990s

    III. The Decision to Establish an FTA

    IV. Assessing the Data

    V. Future Integration

    Chapter 4: The Broader Context

     

    List of Interviews

    Chronologies of Important Events

    Notes

    Bibliography

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