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Caplin 2013: U.S. Free Trade Agreements in Historical and Comparative Perspective

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December 2, 2013
12:30PM - 2:15PM (EST)

The United States has historically been involved in a large number of military, political and economic relationships that span the globe. Yet while the United States and Europe have yet to realize a fully open market for trade and investment. This session will explore the causes and consequences of economic agreements both historically and across different partners. Panelists will address a number of questions including:

  • What are the political and economic pre-requisites to a fully functioning trade and investment treaty?
  • Are there similarities/differences between the proposed TTIP and other trade agreements (e.g., the Trans-Pacific Partnership)?
  • How have domestic content restrictions and intellectual property concerns been dealt with in other agreements?


Edward Alden, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Christina Davis, Professor, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Alan Larson, Senior International Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP; former Under Secretary of State for Economics and Ambassador to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Tom Zeiler, Director, Program on International Affairs, University of Colorado-Boulder

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