Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Part II: Good morning, Vietnam!

The irony in the title is that while the 1987 Robbin Williams starrer was based on the US war in Vietnam during the 60s and 70s, this post is about a 21st Century trade pact where the former is still trying to “make the world more like them“. Let me explain. The United States is one of the few… Continue reading Part II: Good morning, Vietnam!

Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

The TPP is definitely the talk of the town. It’s mentioned everywhere. In newspaper op-eds to academic articles. You may have heard of it – a massive “free-trade” pact between 12 (majorly pacific-rim) countries, spearheaded by the United States. Apart from Vietnam, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members include countries like New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Peru and Mexico. The double-quotations around the… Continue reading Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Playing by the rules?: EEU, vested interests and economic integration

Regional integration has quicky emerged as the new age global trend in the field of international trade. ARecently a lot of people have been taken in with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a trading bloc forged between three ex-Soviet economies: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhastan.Opinions regarding the Russia-fueled merger were all over the news. Though the deal is… Continue reading Playing by the rules?: EEU, vested interests and economic integration