Should Korea Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership?


September 22, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

Event Summary

Jeffrey J. Schott and Cathleen Cimino presented a new Policy Brief, Should Korea Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership?, on September 22, 2014. In their Policy Brief, Schott and Cimino assess Korea's potential objectives and prospects for joining the TPP and review potential pathways forward. Additionally, the authors evaluate the current status of the TPP negotiations, as well as congressional deliberations on TPA that will affect the ability to conclude those negotiations. The paper also examines concerns about Korean implementation of the Korea-US FTA, which will strongly influence congressional views on whether the United States should agree to Korean participation.

Jeffrey J. Schott, senior fellow, has been with the Institute since 1983. He was an official of the US Treasury Department (1974–82) and a negotiator for international trade and energy policy. He is a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee of the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy of the US State Department. Cathleen Cimino has been a research analyst at the Peterson Institute since August 2012. She works with Senior Fellows Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott on economic issues relating to international trade policy, free trade agreement negotiations, and the future of the World Trade Organization.