Trans-Pacific Partnership

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?

Secretary of State John Kerry Makes the Case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

While the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership has been the focus of much criticism during the presidential campaign, there are many who believe it is vital to US interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Secretary of State John Kerry is one of the deals supporters and during a recent visit to the Wilson Center he made a strong case for TPP and its role in US foreign policy. 

Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
John F. Kerry, United States Secretary of State

Election 2016: The Trade Debate

If everything you’d heard about US trade deals came from campaign rhetoric, you’d have a pretty dismal view of pacts current and proposed. But there is another view that challenges much of the conventional wisdom emanating from the 2016 election debate. Former Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne, believes trade has received unfair and inaccurate criticism, and makes that case in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Chapter 6: Economic Development: A Missed Opportunity

By William Krist

U.S. policymakers have long argued that helping poor countries develop economically is not only the moral thing to do but that it is also in the U.S. national interest, assuming that those poor countries are not antagonistic to U.S. security.  As poor countries grow, they become bigger markets for U.S. exports and economic growth may strengthen democracy and make those countries less likely to provide safe havens for terrorists.

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Transcript of Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry (as provided by the State Department)


Committed: U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia and Completing the Rebalance

The United States is a Pacific power. It may be so reluctantly, but its continued military, political, and economic engagement has been key to Asia’s stability and prosperity. Ensuring that the Asia-Pacific remains robust politically and economically will be in the United States’ own interest, and will be a key foreign policy challenge for any administration.

The Future of FTAs: Reconciling Free Trade and Sustainable Development

Earlier this summer, the German trade minister Sigmar Gabriel declared the negotiation on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as failed and not worthy of being continued. French president François Hollande declared he would urge the EU to put an end to negotiations on the agreement and criticized the lack of flexibility of the American counterparts during discussions on public procurement, social standards and environmental protection. On this side of the Atlantic, both presidential candidates have expressed concerns about negotiations on free trade agreements.

Chapter 8: The Labor Dilemma

By William Krist