Andrés Lajous

Andrés Lajous, formerly an editor and staff writer at Nexos magazine in Mexico City, is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at Princeton University. 

Recent Articles

Will Mexico Say Adios to NAFTA?

Trump’s demand to renegotiate NAFTA may lead Mexico to rely instead on the WTO.

(Photo: AP/Marco Ugarte)
(Photo: AP/Marco Ugarte) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks at a press conference in Mexico City on January 4, 2017. N ow that Mexico has signaled the beginning of a 90-day period for domestic consultations before beginning negotiations with the United States over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the question facing Mexican leaders is whether they should even expect to reach a new agreement. A few weeks ago, the suggestion that Mexico would walk away from NAFTA would have seemed outlandish; for the last two decades, most Mexican political leaders have been fully committed to the agreement. But a number of influential figures, including former president Ernesto Zedillo, have recently argued that Mexico has no hope of reaching a balanced agreement with Donald Trump and would be better off relying on the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to regulate trade with the United States. Ever since Trump won the Republican nomination, the government of President...