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June 25, 2019

The Trump administration has pursued a sharply different – and for its trade partners unsettling – trade policy from that followed by all previous American administrations in the postwar period. While much attention has been focused on the oftentimes contradictory, oftentimes theoretically unfounded, and oftentimes undiplomatically aggressive manner in which that policy has been implemented, Dan Ciuriak argues the policy contains a coherent if not necessarily desirable or achievable vision for the US economy. Furthermore, he reviews how this policy is implemented in the USMCA, and on the implications of the agreement for the future of the North American economies – as distinct from the North American economy as a whole.