Research Articles

Comparative Industrial Policy in the Cybersecurity Industry

This conference hosted a series of speakers from universities in the United States, Asia, and Europe to address the question of how governments are responding to the challenges posed by cybersecurity. Specifically, speakers considered how states have sought to build and support their national cybersecurity market using a variety of industrial policy tools. The project […]

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

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

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.

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

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

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.

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The Liberal Trading Order Under Assault: A US Perspective

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

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.

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The Politics of TTIP: Negotiating Behind the Border Barriers

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| 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.

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

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| 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.

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Designing Trade Institutions for Asia

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| 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.

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ICT, Data Localization and Corporate Governance in the 21st Century

The challenges facing companies in the 21st century are significantly different to those faced in the past due in large part to changing technologies in commerce in general and the rise of the Internet as a tool of trade, specifically. Indeed, the Internet has allowed for instantaneous communication for business processes, changed relationships with consumers, […]

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Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific

Effective disaster management in the Asia-Pacific is becoming a critical issue as the region encounters increasingly frequent and unpredictable natural disasters. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), over half of the 226 natural disasters that occurred during 2014 took place in this region, impacting close to […]

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Competitive Framing: Agricultural Protection and Trade Liberalization in the Korea-US FTA Negotiations

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Ehwa Journal of Social Science, 2015
Almost all countries have faced protectionist pressures from their agricultural sector, particularly during trade negotiations.

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Must TTIP-induced regulatory convergence benefit others?

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| Simon Evenett|

CEPR Press, 2015
Given the prominence of regulatory convergence in the TTIP negotiations, whether or not this conclusion is the correct one assumes greater importance, in particular for third parties.

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An Open Door? TTIP and Accession by Third Countries

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| Simon Evenett|

The TTIP in a Multipolar World, Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2015
The first section of this chapter explores the relationship among different elements of trade agreements such as issue scope, the strength of agreements, the degree of liberalism in the accord and other relevant dimensions and characterizes TTIP using these yardsticks.

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