International Business Quarterly: The US Trade Agenda--Ambitious, But Problematic
April 19, 2013
The Obama administration’s recent actions have caused trade policy observers to be simultaneously enthusiastic and skeptical. Who can blame them? In the President’s first term, the trade agenda could be fairly described as minimalist. President Obama oversaw a trade policy focused on enforcement (exemplified by 13 WTO disputes) with an occasional dose of domestic protection (such as the Section 421 tariffs on Chinese tires).Three FTAs concluded in 2007 remained pending until after the 2010 elections, when newly-empowered Republicans forced the issue and helped deliver a bipartisan achievement.