Trans-Pacific Partnership

The NAFTA Negotiations: A Mexican Perspective

The launching of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations on August 16, 2017 begs a serious and thorough discussion given what it is at stake for the three countries in terms of trade, investment, economic integration, competitiveness, jobs, shared production, and innovation. While a NAFTA modernization has been long overdue, this renegotiation was motivated by the wrong reasons; i.e. to address the United States’ concern regarding its trade deficit with Mexico and to return lost jobs to the U.S. manufacturing sector. 

Many of Trump's NAFTA goals aren't new — they're from the TPP

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a set of U.S. trade objectives for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Monday. The objectives seem to offer a bit to everyone, trade skeptics and trade advocates alike. To do so, they use strong yet vague rhetoric on protectionists’ priorities, like the trade deficit, while promising to maintain and expand market access for U.S. farmers, manufacturers and the broader business community.

Labor Rights Enforcement under the NAFTA Labor Clause: What Comes Next under a Potential Renegotiation?

In late March, a draft letter from the acting U.S. Trade Representative meant to notify Congress of the Administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA began to circulate. A brief outline of potential U.S. negotiating objectives for labor was included in the proposal. Generally speaking, the few items in the document seem to suggest bringing the NAFTA labor provisions into line with labor conditionality agreements that have been attached to U.S.

Can Brazil Benefit from President Trump's Trade Policy?

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Asia on the Brink of (Trade) War?

With the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, the priority for global trade now is to avert a trade war. That is a sharp contrast from the sentiment that prevailed only a few weeks ago, which was to establish broader frameworks to make trade more efficient and fair.

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a blow for an ambitious deal that has been in the works for years.

Election 2016: Are Populists the New Elite?

The campaigns of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were built on populist messages that framed the election as a choice between the interests of the working class and “elites.” But who are these so called elites? Florida International University Professor Jerry Haar suggests that current day populists themselves may in fact be the new elites. He shares his thoughts on the emerging political landscape in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Trade Policy in Crisis

By William Krist

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Trade

Biggest trade related challenges:

  • Remaining competitive
  • Avoiding a trade war with Asia 
  • Addressing the growing income divide in the U.S.

 

Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the United States and trade relations?

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