Free trade agreements
Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: a renewed agenda for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP)
This policy brief explores some of the most pressing challenges affecting trade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides policy recommendations to overcome them.
This paper discusses the current and likely future trade relationship between New Zealand and the USA.
This discussion paper highlights how some of the long-standing memes, which have dominated the local discourse no longer apply in a post-COVID world. In particular, New Zealand’s openness to external trade and foreign investment, and the role of migration in driving population growth have all...
This inquiry report aim to position Australia so it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in a more secure, stable, and profitable position than before. The recommendations have been informed by a range of stakeholders, who provided evidence on the opportunities and challenges related to diversification.
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a regional free trade agreement that will complement and build upon Australia’s existing free trade agreements with 14 other Indo-Pacific countries. This resources provides an overview of what has been agreed to.
This report argues that the growing use of economic coercion by both China and the United States is an emerging risk for business and undermines the world trading system. The report traces the growing use of trade as an economic weapon, particularly over the last...
Stocktake of free trade, competitiveness and a global world: how trade agreements are shaping agriculture
This paper explores how Australia's agricultural export performance over the past 15 years has been inextricably linked to the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs).
The United States and the United Kingdom are the world’s leading exporters of digitally-delivered services, and much of their trade is with each other. This report offers a policy roadmap for a future digital trade agenda, tailored to two like-minded technology heavyweights who are massive...
Brexit has exposed international trade – normally a policy area delegated to experts – to party politics, media scrutiny and public opinion. This report identifies major divisions and areas of uncertainty in public attitudes to trade.
At this time of growing global economic uncertainty and mounting trade tensions, countries like Australia needed to stand up for the principle of free trade and shore up the foundations of the global trading system.
A new platform for deepening economic ties: the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is a major effort by both governments to increase trade and investment between the two countries. This report examines what IA-CEPA delivers on the traditional trade agenda for both countries in terms of tariff reductions, addressing non-tariff measures...
Public health over private wealth: rebalancing public and private interests in international trade and investment agreements
The growing number of pathways for market actors to exert undue infuence over national and international regulatory environments provided by free trade agreements has given many cause to be concerned. This article presents several avenues for public health scholars, advocates and practitioners to explore to...
This CSIS review examines recent trade agreements the United States entered into after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and reveals that a number of them were modified after signing.
This paper argues that democracy promotion ought to be an essential component of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy — a strategy that is being promoted by the United States, Australia, Japan and, increasingly, India, albeit with national differences in approaches and emphasis.
This review contains the Productivity Commission's latest quantitative estimates of Australian government assistance to industry. This year's review also provides information on tax concessions and budgetary outlays that may be construed as assistance. A theme chapter discusses the future of the world trading system.
The purpose of this policy brief is to identify global trends created by the aggregate number of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) with copyright provisions, and to identify their key features.
The end of Chimerica: the passing of global economic consensus and the rise of US-China strategic technological competition
Chinese economic and trade malpractices over a long period of time are having profound distorting effects on the global economic system and US dissatisfaction is deepening and irreversible. This publication argues Australia has been slow or else reluctant to accept that the previous global economic...
Moving beyond rhetoric: understanding the practical consequence of a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement
This paper makes the case that Canadian policy-makers may not fully appreciate the pitfalls of pursuing free trade with China.
This report urges the Australian government to continue including specific small and medium enterprises (SMEs) chapters in trade agreements, as well as introducing a focus on e-commerce in future free trade agreements.
Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA): key outcomes for Australia
Australia and Indonesia announced the substantive conclusion of negotiations on the Indonesia -Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on 31 August 2018.