INAF-367 Trade in Asia Pacific
Fall for 2014-2015
The course will examine the various tracks to achieving economic integration through a region-wide free trade agreement, the geopolitical issues that will have to be addressed in the process, and why this is important. Starting with how to define Asia-Pacific, its importance to the United States, and Australia’s and New
Zealand’s Asian-Western identities, the course will consider the region’s post WWII history and alliances and the more recent political architecture such as APEC, ASEAN, and the East Asia Summit. The course then will focus on the global post-WWII trading system and the range of free trade agreements among countries in the region, with an intensive examination of the origins, prospects and goals of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and how that possible track to a region-wide agreement such as FTAAP compares to a broader Asian track that includes China and perhaps India. Finally the course will consider security and political challenges to regional integration, how cooperation on a range of science, technology, and transnational issues may affect the outcome, and what is possible versus what is likely in pursuit of a transformational 21st Century goal.
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