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US-Mexico Bilateral Relations through the Lens of the USMCA


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Mr. Rudman will discuss the U.S. – Mexico relationship, perhaps the most impactful bilateral relationship on a day to day basis, through the lens of trade with particular focus on the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA). Economic, societal and technological changes in all three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries over the quarter century of its existence drove a need to update and modernize the agreement. The product of this update process was the USMCA which entered into force on July 1, 2020. Following a review of the evolution of the trade relationship, Rudman will discuss how the impact of USMCA implementation on the overall US-Mexico bilateral relationship across a range of issues including trade, migration, energy and environment, and labor policy. The talk will conclude with projections for the future of USMCA and the bilateral relationship.

Andrew I. Rudman is the Director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. Before joining the Wilson Center, Andrew was Managing Director at Monarch Global Strategies (Monarch), a boutique strategic advisory firm located in Washington, D.C. and focusing on government relations and market entry/access for companies interested in doing business in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Andrew managed Monarch’s healthcare practice and supported clients across a range of sectors and interests. He also writes and speaks on Mexican healthcare policy issues.

Prior to joining Monarch in 2014 (then known as ManattJones Global Strategies), Mr. Rudman was Deputy Vice-President for the Western Hemisphere at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) (2007 – 2014) where he was responsible for developing and executing policy advocacy strategies for member companies across the hemisphere with particular focus on Mexico and Brazil. He also covered Canada and Russia at various times during his tenure. Mr. Rudman began his professional career with the U.S. Government and served in the Department of State as a tenured Foreign Service Officer (1991 – 2001) followed by the Department of Commerce (2001 – 2006) where he was Director of the Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs.  His government and private sector experience allow him to provide guidance for development of government relations strategies especially for the healthcare industry including drug, device, and supplement manufacturers facing regulatory and market access/approval challenges.  Mr. Rudman has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Spanish from Colby College. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

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Gladys McCormick 
Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in Mexico-US Relations
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