Assignment #5: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
The TPP is a trade agreement among twelve nations. It has been negotiated but has yet to be ratified by the United States. For assignment #5, you are to read about the agreement and write a 2-3 page paper about whether the TPP will be a good thing. To answer the “good thing” question, you can use the perspective of the United States, or the other parties to the agreement (for instance, Vietnam and Malaysia are also parties). To assist you in background reading, I’ve assembled three different op eds on the agreement which I will make available to you separately. You are also free to do your own, additional research on the agreement.
One thing that appears different about the TPP compared with other trade agreements are the intellectual property (IP) provisions included. I have included one op-ed focusing on these specifically. In assessing whether you think the TPP is a good thing, you might want to consider if it is appropriate to have such IP provisions in an agreement which is supposed to be reducing barriers to international trade.
3 op-eds which you are to read on this topic. They are available here: