TPP Faces a Perfect Storm of Challenges

Posted On October 24, 2016
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Contact picThe first quarter of 2017 promises to be critical for the TPP. GSU Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Hankla has been following the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) closely. His examination of the issues impacting this landmark agreement have been featured in the news three times in the past two months.

Read and listen to his analysis of this important issue our country is facing.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Analysis

Why is TPP Facing Headwinds in the U.S.?

In an Oct. 21 East Asia Forum article, Dr. Hankla says, “If the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not yet politically dead in the United States, it certainly seems to be on life support. Last month Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader of the Senate, confirmed his intention not to seek a vote on the TPP until the new president takes office in January.

“Worse, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have voiced their opposition to the agreement and support is souring on both sides of the aisle. Without the approval of a hesitant Congress the landmark agreement will fail to take effect.”

“In a sense, the TPP is facing a perfect storm of challenges in the United States. Some are lasting features of the U.S. political landscape and of trade policymaking in general, while others are more transitory.”

Read Dr. Hankla’s full article here on East Asia Forum.



Why Are Trade Deals Dying?

Dr. Hankla discussed the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership in a Sept. 19 interview with Julie Rose on BYU Radio.

A major new trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 countries in the Pacific Rim is among the final foreign policy accomplishments President Barack Obama hopes for before he leaves office. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership – or TPP – and it’s not popular.

“Hillary Clinton opposes it. Donald Trump utters it like a curse word on the campaign trail. There are Democrats and Republicans against it in Congress. But President Obama hasn’t given up,” said Dr. Hankla.

Hear Dr. Hankla’s full interview here on BYURadio.



Does TPP’s Slow Death Mean the World is Now Unsafe for Trade Deals?

Dr. Hankla shares insights on the impact these significant trade deals may have on our county and the world in a Sept. 1 article in The Conversation.

He believes trade deals — notably TTIP and TPP — are more than just victims of the general skepticism for globalization that has arisen in the past few years. They are also the collateral damage from political events in the world’s major trading countries.

“Despite all the obstacles, however, I believe that it is important to keep moving forward on free trade. The rejection of these important agreements could risk becoming merely the first step in a gradual erosion of support for the global economic architecture,” Dr. Hankla says.

Read Dr. Hankla’s article full article here on The Conversation.