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  • Backgrounder posted June 27, 1994 by Michael G. Wilson Building on the NAFTA:  Forging a Free Trade Agreement

    INTRODUCTION With the passage last November of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Clinton Administration has the opportunity to set in motion a free trade revolution throughout the Western Hemisphere. By expanding the NAFTA beyond the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and pursuing an aggressive free trade agenda with Latin America, the Clinton…

  • Executive Memorandum posted November 23, 1993 by Michael G. Wilson The North American Free Trade Agreement: Ronald Reagan's Vision Realized

    The approval by the Congress of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a victory of engagement and competition over withdrawal and complacency. The trade pact, which will eliminate tariffs on goods and services between the United States, Canada, and Mexico over a fifteen-year time span, will create the world's largest market: some 360 million people, with…

  • Backgrounder posted September 30, 1993 by Michael G. Wilson Setting the Record Straight: Evaluating Ross Perot's AllegationsAgainst the NAFTA

    Introduction The Clinton Administration on September 14 launched its campaign to secure congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). (The NAFTA will be considered by Congress later this year or early next year. It is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico that will create the world's largest open…

  • Lecture posted September 27, 1993 by Michael G. Wilson The North American Free Trade Agreement: Gauging Its Impact on the U.S. Economy

    As I am sure you know, the Clinton Administration at long last launched its campaign to secure congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement last September 14. Bill Clinton, flanked by former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and NAFTA architect George Bush, used the occasion of the signing of the side accords on environmental and labor…

  • Backgrounder Update posted August 10, 1993 by Michael G. Wilson Message to Congress: Stop Subsidizing Sandinista Terrorism

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 8/10/93 200 MESSAGE TO CONGRESS: STOP SUBSIDIZING SANDINISTA TERRORISM (Updating Backgrounder No. 933, "Restoring Democracy in Nicaragua: No U.S. Aid Without Reform," March 17, 1993) AMay 23 explosion in a Managua suburb has exposed the Sandinistas as supporters of international ter- rorism. The discovery of a large cache of…

  • Backgrounder posted July 31, 1992 by Michael G. Wilson A U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement: Igniting Economic Prosperity inthe Americas

    Introduction During a May 13 to 15 visit to Washington by Chilean President Patricio Aylwin, George Bush announced that the United States soon will embark on free trade negotiations with Chile. (For an in depth analysis of U.S.-Chilean relations, see: Michael G. Wilson, "A U.S. Role in Chile's Democratic and Economic Reforms," Heritage Foundation Backgrounder…

  • Backgrounder posted July 2, 1992 by Michael G. Wilson Hastening Castro's Downfall

    Introduction Fidel Castro's communist dictatorship in Cuba, only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, is on the brink of collapse. Over three decades of communist economic mismanagement and political repression have ruined Cuba's economy. Castro's problems have been compounded by the thirty-year-old U.S. economic embargo of Cuba and the suspension of the former…

  • Backgrounder posted February 11, 1991 by Michael G. Wilson Is Haiti Turning Into Another Cuba?

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 2/11/91 155 IS HAITI TURNING INTO ANOTHER CUBA? (Updating Backgrounder 746, "Haiti's Continuing Challenge to U.S. Policy Makers," January 18, 1990.) Haiti last week joined the ranks of the Western Hemisphere's democratic nations, leaving Cuba to stand as the sole dictatorship in the Americas. Internationally supervised…

  • Backgrounder Update posted March 5, 1990 by Michael G. Wilson Mexico Deserves Kudos for Helping in the War Against Drugs

  • Backgrounder Update posted February 29, 1988 by Michael G. Wilson The U.S. Challenge in Panama

    (Archived document, may contain errors) =9/88 71 THE U.S. CHALLENGE IN PANAMA (Updating Backgrounder No. 632, "Washington's Nine-Point Agenda for the Panama Problem," February 12, 1988.) The political turmoil in Panama soon may threaten United States security interests and even American lives. With some 50,000 American civilians and 10,000 American troops in Panama,…

  • Backgrounder Update posted October 20, 1983 by Michael G. Wilson Think Again On Haiti

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 10/20/93 205 THINK AGAIN ON HAITI (Updating Executive Memorandum No. 325, "Aristide Is No Answer to Haiti's Problems," March 13, 1992) BillClinton is on the verge of repeating in Haiti the mistakes that he made in Somalia: placing United States military personnel in harm's way before clearly evaluating American national…

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