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Issue Guide: Trade and Globalization

Prepared by: Julie Ginsberg
Updated: December 5, 2008


Global trade talks have stalled, presidential authority to negotiate trade agreements independent of Congress has lapsed, and pending free trade deals with Colombia and South Korea are mired in disputes in Washington, some of which reflect the unease of Americans over the impact of trade on jobs and wages. The next president will have to choose whether to revive the U.S. trade agenda or lead changes that will make more deals palatable to Americans. The following CFR resources provide background and analysis on globalization trends and trade deals.

U.S. Trade Debate

U.S. Trade Relationships

Trade Deals and Organizations


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