Trans-Pacific Partnership

Competing or Complementing Economic Visions? Regionalism and the Pacific Alliance, TPP, RCEP, and the AIIB

From establishing new rules for furthering trade to reassessing the future of development assistance, the roadmap for growth in the Asia-Pacific region is facing a current of sweeping change. The question is how regionalism could continue to boost the economic potential in Asia and beyond, or whether new groupings forming new rules will lead to greater political rivalries in the region and impede growth.

U.S. Trade Strategy and The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Discussion With Ambassador Michael Froman

On Thursday (Feb. 4) morning in New Zealand, trade ministers from twelve Pacific Rim nations will meet to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then the hard work of full ratification will begin in each country. In anticipation of the signing, Wilson Center Director and President, Jane Harman spoke with United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman about the agreement and its importance to overall US trade strategy.

2015 Year in Review

Thanks to our scholars, our staff, and our friends around the world, this has been an exceptional year in programming at the Wilson Center. More than ever, our publications and our conversations bridged the worlds of scholarship and policy.

Below you’ll find a list of the standout events, publications, and articles of 2015 organized by the themes we found most significant.

The Economic and Strategic Benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations present wide ranging opportunities and challenges for each member country. As the 12 nations continue to seek ratification, each government will be describing the economic benefits expected from increased regional trade and integration, while at the same time explaining how their own economies will meet the test of increased competition and the task of strengthening various regulatory standards.

Vietnam Takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which was signed on October 5, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, may significantly benefit Vietnam. Designed to stimulate trading among its 12 members—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam—the TPP creates a number of opportunities for Vietnam’s small but rapidly growing export-oriented economy.

Trans-Pacific and Canada's Trade Future

Wilson Perspectives: The Trans-Pacific Partnership


by Jane Harman

By any measure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the 21st century’s most significant trade agreement. In 30 chapters and more than 5,000 pages, it lays down new rules of the road for 12 countries, 40 percent of the world economy, and 26 percent of world trade. From Latin America to the Asia-Pacific, on issues from workers’ rights to digital commerce, this deal will have an impact. It takes a wide-angle, multidisciplinary lens to study all of its aspects.

Challenges and Opportunities for TPP Countries

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The Impact of TPP on Latin America and U.S. Relations with the Region

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes five Western Hemisphere countries, of which three (Chile, Mexico, and Peru) are in Latin America. Through the TPP, the United States would deepen its economic and strategic partnership with each. The agreement would update and enhance existing free trade agreements between the United States and these nations, a development that is especially important for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was negotiated more than two decades ago.

The TPP Remains Key to U.S. Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region

For U.S. companies that are already heavily engaged in Asia, the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are, obviously, lower tariffs, higher standards of protection of critical interests (including intellectual property rights), and easier customs processing. What is more, U.S. companies that are the most successful in the Asia-Pacific region are those that are already competitive and are the driving force for future growth, from major manufacturers to service providers.