Mega-FTAs and the Global Political Economy

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of Mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, EU, China, and Japan, as well as by smaller and medium-sized economies such as Korea, Chile, Mexico, and Singapore. Over the last five years, we have seen initiatives to create so-called Mega-FTAs, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Among the questions addressed: What are the economic and political goals of countries that decide to participate in Mega-FTA negotiations? How do negotiation processes evolve in different political systems? What are the implications of regional Mega-FTAs for the regional security and political order?

This conference began on Friday, October 24 and ended on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at UC Berkeley.

Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Berkeley APEC Study Center, East-West Center (Honolulu), Clausen Center for International Business & Policy, Center for Chinese Studies , Center for Japanese Studies, and the EU Center for Excellence, UC Berkeley.

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