Author: Claire Huitt

Trade Wars and Trump: Why the U.S. Might Rejoin the TPP

Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he had directed his economic adviser Larry Kudlow and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to look into rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). To remind readers, the TPP was the subject of bipartisan scrutiny during the 2016 election cycle – every major candidate denounced the deal. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the TPP within days of assuming office, a decision that was praised by certain American industries. Rejoining the TPP is a major policy reversal, and the big question is: why now? Trump’s policy flip-flop is, first and foremost, the result of...

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The TPP Precedent and the RCEP Reality: Multilateralism in the Asia Pacific, Part 1

In direct affirmation of his campaign promise, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just days into his first term. This set an unmistakable precedent not only for the “America First” administration, but also for the future of greater Asia-Pacific-U.S. relations. U.S. disengagement has drastically altered the course of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, fostering the emergence of new deals, new institutions, and new regional leadership. Last fall, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting, the leaders of the world’s two largest economies took the stage to espouse two fundamentally competing ideas for...

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