2006 Publications

Undermining the WTO? The Rise of Preferential Trading Arrangements

Vinod K. Aggarwal
Building a Northeast Asian Community, Volume II, 2006
In the post-World War II era until the early 1990s, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) remained the primary approach to trade liberalization, with the most significant exception being the formation and evolution of a customs union in Europe. By contrast, trade protection has taken a variety of forms […]

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Bilateral Trade Arrangements in the Asia-Pacific

Vinod K. Aggarwal
Bilateral Trade Arrangements in the Asia-Pacific, 2006
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region increasingly fear that multilateral trade forums such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) cannot always effectively hammer out the terms of global trade liberalization. In 1999, WTO participants in Seattle unsuccessfully attempted to […]

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The Evolution and Implications of Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Min Gyo Koo
Bilateral Trade Arrangements in the Asia-Pacific, 2006
fic region has witnessed a dramatic rise of bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) at the beginning of the 21st century. This shift away from the previous focus on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum could have potentially dramatic effects on […]

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Shifting Ground: Is it Finally Time?

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Min Gyo Koo
Global Asia, 2006
We argue here that the traditional institutional order in East Asia has come under heavy strain in the wake of three key shocks and their aftermath: the end of the Cold War, the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, and the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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