An analysis of U.S. trade and foreign policy, discussing how trade is not being used for economic reasons alone, but to forward foreign policy, democracy and the benefit of free markets and development throughout the world.
The following paper discusses the case of Morocco, a strategically-situated moderate Arab country that can leverage the current geo-political situation to achieve economic gains in trade and development during a time when the U.S. is looking for all the friends in the Arab world it can get.
“The United States’ trade policy has developed in a schizophrenic manner over the last fifty years; for much of the 20th century, Americans generally supported a U.S. trade policy of removing barriers to international commerce and encouraging a freer flow of trade and investment among nations; at this time, support for free trade extended from union leaders to the major business organizations and to consumer groups such as the League of Women Voters. However, by the end of that decade, the broad pro-trade consensus was wavering. Domestic industries, notably steel and automobiles, began to suffer from rising foreign competition, unemployment became an enduring experience for many factory workers and the membership of the major industrial unions declined substantially.”