Linking Traditional and Non-Traditional Security in Bilateral Free Trade Agreements: The US Approach

Vinod K. Aggarwal

Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe and the United States, New York: Springer, 2012

Although many commentators bemoan the politicization of trade negotiations over market opening, such efforts have always been used, at least in part, as instruments to promote state goals. This chapter focuses specifically on US efforts to link both traditional and non-traditional security issues to trade in their negotiation of bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs). Such accords have become increasingly common in the wake of the moribund Doha Development Round (DDA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With other countries pursuing such accords, particularly in Asia, understanding how countries engage in issue linkages to trade is particularly timely.

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