Can the Trans-Pacific Partnership Reinvigorate Global Trade Talks?

Can the Trans-Pacific Partnership Reinvigorate Global Trade Talks?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders at a Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting, Manila, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2015 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

Last week, World Politics Review launched Trend Lines, its new weekly podcast, which will appear every Friday. The show has two sections: In the Briefing, host Peter Dörrie interviews a WPR editor about the week’s most important events. In the Report, a WPR contributor or on-the-ground source takes an in-depth look at a single issue.

In this week’s Briefing, WPR Editor-in-Chief Judah Grunstein and Peter Dörrie discuss China’s naval diplomacy, French elections and Iraqi politics. For the Report, Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations joins us to give his insights into global trade negotiations and how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be key to reviving them.


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Relevant WPR coverage:

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Depleted Capital: The State of European Social Democracy
History’s Postscript: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy
No Authority: Shiite Militarization in a Fragmented Iraq
The TPP Is the Last, Best Opportunity for New Global Trade Rules

You can follow Edward Alden on Twitter.

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional audio credits:

WTO – Looking back at 20 years of multilateral trade
The White House – Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy
AP Archive – UK PM Cameron arrives in China, start of talks
Senator Elizabeth Warren – Senator Warren on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Editor’s note: The discussion of Iran’s missile program includes a reference to the test of an ICBM. The test was of a ballistic missile; Iran does not have an ICBM capability. WPR regrets the error.