NAFTA helped foster a North American manufacturing platform despite Mexico’s demand that energy be excluded from the treaty. While the US and Canadian energy markets integrated considerably, Mexico remained isolated, inefficient and very expensive. The 2013 Mexican energy reform promises to change this situation, to jumpstart investment and enhanced energy efficiency in Mexico, and open the door to a North American energy market. Dr Starr is an active speaker, commentator, and author on Mexican politics, economic policy, security affairs, and foreign policy, US-Mexico relations, and economic policy-making in Latin America. She has advised the US Secretary of State, the US Ambassador to Mexico and other high-level officials from the Mexican and the US executive branches, as well as US mayors and members of Congress, and the staff of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the US and Mexican Senates.