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BASICS OF TRADE

The global trading system -- its origins in the post-war period, establishment of the WTO, the proliferation of bilateral and regional trade agreements.

Writing Rules for the Global Economy
How do international trade agreements interact with national constitutions? How do they impact the powers of state and local governments?
Negotiating 'Rounds'
Post-war negotiating history.
US negotiating authority
Office of the United States Trade Representative, and the system of Trade Advisory Committees.
US trade policy today
Debates on 'fast-track' negotiating authority, and the 2007 'Bipartisan Trade Deal'.
The strategic geography of trade
Roadblocks at the WTO lead U.S. negotiators to pursue regional and bilateral agreements.
The special case of investment
NAFTA's Chapter 11 introduced a controversial new model of international dispute settlement.

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