• NAFTA, free trade agreements in the Americas, Mexican agriculture, trade, politics, immigration and drug war, regional integration, coffee production and marketing
• Author of Americas Blog
• Member of International Women's Rights Delegation to Honduras, August 2009
• Editor, Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico
• Media contributor, U.S. and Mexican outlets

Laura Carlsen is Director of the Americas Policy Program, where her most recent analysis can be found at The Americas Policy Program is a program of the Center for International Policy in Washington DC.

Prior to joining the Americas Policy Program, Carlsen was an international relations consultant, freelance writer and researcher. She publishes numerous articles and chapters on social, economic and political aspects of Mexico and recently co-edited Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico.

Carlsen appears on CBC, BBC, Costa a Costa, "Oppenheimer Presents," "Democracy Now," "Canal Once" (Mexico) and others, and is a frequent radio guest, on NPR, CBS and others. She has been quoted and published in a variety of print and electronic news sources including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, InterPress Service, Tom Paine, Counterpunch, ALAI, and many others. She frequently appears as a speaker in national and international conferences such as "Lessons of NAFTA," "Bioregionalism," and agricultural forums.

Carlsen holds a B.A. in Social Thought and Institutions from Stanford University and a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, also from Stanford. In 1986 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the impact of the Mexican economic crisis on women and has lived in Mexico City since then.

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