TPP: Partnership or Putsch?

January 16, 2014

In 2010, I sat across the table from Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Barbara Weisel, who was responsible for negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the mega-regional free-trade treaty among Vietnam, Malaysia, and 10 other Pacific Rim countries that President Barack Obama’s administration wants to conclude in the coming weeks. At the time, I was senior policy adviser for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor – a position that made me the top congressional staff member responsible for upholding labor standards in international trade treaties.

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