Accession Number : ADA555295


Title :   NAFTA and Farm Subsidies: A Recipe for Poor Regional Security


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Lacy, Robert T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a555295.pdf


Report Date : 31 Oct 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 21


Abstract : The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. farm subsidies are a recipe for Mexican agribusiness failure. Removing farm subsidies from the equation could cause short-term failure of agribusinesses in the United States, but in the long run it would allow for the success of those farms that are truly competitive and not reliant on government grants. To the Combatant Commander, it would mean long-term stability for Mexico and increased security for the region. By linking Mexico's agriculture to regional security, linking U.S. Farm subsidies to the Mexican economy, and then providing a breakdown on domestic farm subsidies, this paper will give insight as to how farm subsidy policies impact Mexico and, ultimately, our national security. One of the most valid counterpoints addressed is that of U.S. politicians' requirements to support subsidies to maintain their seats in Congress. Finally, the paper presents conclusions and recommendations that favor reduction and even the elimination of farm subsidy policies.


Descriptors :   *AGREEMENTS , *AGRICULTURE , *ECONOMIC IMPACT , *GRANTS , *INTERNATIONAL TRADE , *MEXICO , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , CONGRESS , ELIMINATION , FARMS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , NATIONAL SECURITY , POLICIES , STABILITY


Subject Categories : Agricultural Economics
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE