pastorcoverWe are so sorry to hear that one of the world’s leading NAFTA scholars Robert Pastor  passed away on January 9, 2014.  Even in his final days, he was a champion of the North American Community.  Here is some advice he gave to students and colleagues following a recent NAFTA conference in Washington: “Enjoy yourselves. Remain North Americans to the core. That is the future — that is the idea that will eventually take hold. And you will be the first ones there. And so you can remind people: The future of the 21st century is: How do we relate to our neighbors in ways that are different than ways that we’ve done in the past? And that’s the secret of the North American idea.”

More on Bob’s life and legacy here. Notes from a book launch I hosted for Bob’s North American Idea a few years ago.