Economic coercion and protectionism may be increasingly prominent in global trade for its delivery of short-term gains. Trust and confidence between nations may have been damaged beyond repair. But we must reflect carefully before resigning ourselves to a more Hobbesian trade world.
Trade agreements—whether multilateral ones through the WTO, plurilateral ones such as the CPTPP, or bilateral agreements between two nations—represent the foundational vehicle through which nations remove trade barriers and deepen trade linkages. This category includes a wide array of GTIPA-member reports examining trade agreements their nations have implemented.