The Trade Security Nexus in the Asia Pacific

Vinod K. Aggarwal and Kristi Govella

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

The connections between trade and security are hardly new. Analysts and practitioners have clearly recognized this interrelationship since the mercantilist era of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Despite the fact that economic liberals often prefer to separate the political from the economic, it is widely recognized that trade and security are fundamentally interconnected in the foreign policy of states.
Over time, as new forms of trade policy have come into being and the international security environment has evolved, the nexus of these two spheres has grown more complex and scholars have struggled to understand their interconnection.

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