2016 Publications

Mega-FTAs and the Trade-Security Nexus: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Vinod K. Aggarwal
Asia Pacific Issues, 2016
The rise of a multiplicity of diverse bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) has led countries to pursue mega-FTAs to manage the growing complexity of global trade arrangements. The US and China are promoting rival accords: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would encompass 800 million people and almost 40 percent of global GDP, is a centerpiece of the Obama Asia Pacific strategy. […]

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Introduction: The Rise of Mega-FTAs in the Asia-Pacific

Vinod K. Aggarwal
Asian Survey, 2016
This special issue focuses on the rise of mega-FTAs—which involve efforts to liberalize trade across geographical regions with a multiplicity of countries—in the Asia-Pacific. We examine how the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in this region have faced political resistance as negotiators attempt to address behind-the-border issues.

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The Liberal Trading Order Under Assault: A US Perspective

Vinod K. Aggarwal
Global Asia, 2016
Given the hotly contested US presidential election and the surprising victory of Donald Trump, it is easy to lose sight of the broader challenges to the US-promoted post-Second World War economic order. these come from systemic changes, American domestic political conflicts and a rethinking of the ideological consensus around the benefits of free trade. […]

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The Politics of TTIP: Negotiating Behind the Border Barriers

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Simon Evenett
Focus on Foreign Trade, 2016
While much of the economic gains from concluding TTIP are thought to come from regulatory convergence, serious difculties have arisen in advancing negotiations in a number of salient regulatory matters. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the factors responsible, thereby shedding light on the degree to which mega regional trade deals […]

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Trade at Risk: Challenges to East Asia’s Export-Oriented Model

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Min Gyo Koo
Global Asia, 2016
One word more than any other captures the key to East Asia’s ‘economic miracle’ spanning the decades after the Second World War — trade. The growth model built around exports has served the region well for years, but ominously, that model is no longer assured and faces a host of challenges. Risks abound, and new approaches are needed, write Vinod K. Aggarwal and Min Gyo Koo.

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Designing Trade Institutions for Asia

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Min Gyo Koo
Cornell University Press, 2016
Drawing on the project framework, the first section begins by specifying, then supplementing, the institutional dimensions on which key institutions that influence Asian trade can be analyzed. It then briefly traces their evolution from their origins to the current state of play on five dimensions: organizational structure, the degree of legality, and of particular relevance to the trade case […]

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