President Joe Biden will meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House this week to discuss the continued flow of migrants over the U.S.-Mexico border, trade, labor and other issues.
Gustavo Flores-Macías, associate professor of government in the College of Arts & Sciences and the former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, is an expert on state capacity and Latin American politics.
He said that “the North American summit between the leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada represents an important opportunity for the three countries to show a united front in finding solutions to big problems affecting the region, including migration, trade, security, and the environment.
“Although the summit intends to tackle migration as a priority, it is also one of the thorniest issues at this point in time, and breakthrough announcements on any of these issues are unlikely. Instead, the three leaders will seek to leverage the summit to counterbalance some of the tensions with other parts of the world, including China, and ease supply-chain bottlenecks holding back the North American economies,” said Flores-Macías, who serves as Cornell's associate vice provost for international affairs.
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