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International Trade and Economic Negotiation
IRP/PPA 715-2

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Fall Term, Academic Year 2009/2010

Dr. Bart S. Fisher
Tel: 202.659.2979
Fax: 202.558.5101

700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

E-Mail: Bart_fisher2002@yahoo.com

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Required and Recommended Reading | Class Materials

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International Trade and Economic Negotiation Course Outline

The purpose of the course is to explore the challenges confronting international trade policy and current negotiations designed to address these challenges.

The methodology will be inter-disciplinary, including political, economic, and legal analysis.

The basic textbook will be Bart S. Fisher and Michael P. Malloy, International Trade and Investment. The textbook will be provided as part of the Course Materials for the students in this class. There will be a materials charge of $40 per student. All of the documents required for the course will be handed out as Course Materials to the students in the class, or available online. There will be no other required purchases of books or other materials by students in the class.

Additional readings for the course are described below.

The student agency report and some possible paper topics are also suggested below.

This is a one-semester course, with one grade given at the end of the semester. The grade will consist of two elements, each equally weighted.

  1. Class Participation. Attendance, punctuality, and the degree of informed class participation are included. Please give notice if you will be unable to attend a particular class session.

  2. Work Products. This part of the grade will include preparation of an agency report, a paper for the course, or other “role playing” assignments provided to students in the class. There will be no final examination at the end of the course.


This assignment is designed to provide a practical roadmap to the agencies that regulate international trade in goods, services and capital.

Each report should describe the regulatory functions and roles played by the assigned department, agency, or institution. This description should fall into two parts—the assigned role designated by statute, or charter, and the powers actually exercised by the office/agency in practice. Emphasis should be given to changes in role or policy in recent years, or over time.

Each person shall deliver an oral report to the class of no longer than 20 minutes on the agency assigned. In addition, an outline of the report (no longer than 2 pages) should be prepared for distribution to the class. Both time and page length requirements will be strictly enforced, to encourage students to present their ideas in a succinct manner.

  1. National Security Council

  2. Office of the United States Trade Representative

  3. Department of Agriculture

  4. Department of Commerce

  5. Department of State

  6. Department of Homeland Security

  7. International Trade Commission

  8. Department of the Treasury

  9. Overseas Private Investment Corporation

  10. Export Import Bank of the United States

  11. International Finance Corporation

  12. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

  13. Inter-American Development Bank

  14. International Monetary Fund

  15. World Trade Organization (WTO)

  16. Court of International Trade

  17. European Union (EU) Commission

  18. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

  19. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

  20. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

  21. House Ways and Means Committee

  22. Senate Finance Committee

international trade law, trade law and american trade policy


  1. Alleged currency manipulation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC); are new international trade rules needed to regulate currency levels?

  2. Should the United States permit purchases of its companies such as Unocal and Maytag by PRC entities: activities of CIFIUS and regulation of foreign investment in the United States

  3. The role of electronic commerce in international trade

  4. The Airbus dispute with the European Union: the issue of subsidies in international trade

  5. The relationship between international trade and peaceful relationships

  6. The role of states (e.g., California or Virginia) in promoting international trade, investment, and local economic development

  7. Countering OPEC: what is to be done?

  8. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

  9. Basel Convention on Trans-Border Transportation of Hazardous Wastes

  10. The relationship between the U.S. budget deficit and the U.S. trade deficit

  11. How should the United States tax multinational enterprises?

  12. Prospects for CAFTA

  13. Is NAFTA working?

  14. The technology factor in international commerce: is the United States losing its scientific and technological edge in areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology?

  15. Implications of the end of textile quotas under the MFA

  16. Outsourcing: implications for U.S. employment

  17. What should be the U.S. policy on immigration?

  18. The case of Yahoo in China: privacy concerns, human rights, and the possible extraterritorial application and effect of U.S. laws

  19. The global quest for energy supplies: the case of China and Japan contesting the East China Sea for exploration purposes

  20. Should China be considered as a market economy for purposes of the Antidumping Law of the United States?

  21. Accession of Russia to the World Trade Organization

  22. Free trade in the Middle East

  23. Role of Wal Mart in international trade

  24. U.S. policy towards international commodity agreements

  25. WTO Dispute Resolution: is it working? For whom?

  26. Transnational Corporate Figures: The Case of Rupert Murdoch

  27. Surfing the Internet: The Development of International Electronic Commerce and its International Regulatory Aspects

  28. Relationship between use of grains as food and/or fuel.

  29. Status of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations

  30. Status of negotiations on possible Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia, and/or Korea

  31. Economic stimulus policy in China and its impact on international trade in goods, services, and capital

  32. The economic meltdown in Iceland

  33. The impact of the global recession on international trade

  34. Efficacy of economic sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Cuba


Asterisk (*) denotes required reading for the course. Other materials are recommended readings but not required reading for the course.

First Class

Introduction: The Context of International Trade Policy

  • *Materials on Globalization provided to the class

  • Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Random House, 2007.
    *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter I

  • *Bergsten, C. Fred, The United States and the World Economy, Chapter 1. Institute for International Economics, 2005.

  • Pearson, Charles, United States Trade Policy: A Work in Progress, Chapter 1., “An Overview

  • Prestowitz, Clyde, Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the the East, Basic Books, 2005

  • Yergin, Daniel, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Touchstone, 1998.

  • Bhagwati, Jagdish, In Defense of Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Second Class

The Institutional Framework for American Trade Policy

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter III, “Regulation of International Trade: The Institutions”

  • Destler, I.M,, American Trade Politics, 4th Edition, Institute for International Economics, 2005, Chapters 1 through 5.

Third Class

The Competitiveness Challenge: Trade in Fairly Priced Goods Herein of the cases of automobiles and textiles

  • *Materials on Obama Administration Trade Policy provided to the class

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter IV, “Relief from Fairly Priced Foreign Competition”

  • *Gilboy, George, “The Myth Behind China’s Miracle,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2004
    Pearson, Charles, Chapter 3, “Flirting with Managed Trade”

  • *Lardy, Nicholas, Integrating China into the Global Economy, Brookings, 2002 (1604 .L275 2002)

  • Lardy, Nicholas, China’s Unfinished Economic Revolution, Brookings, 1998.

  • Lardy, Nicholas, “China: The Great New Economic Challenge?” Chapter 4 in Bergsten, C. Fred, The United States and the World Economy.

  • Navarro, Peter, The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Will Be Won, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2006.

  • *Navarro, Peter, China Price Project - click here.

  • Fishman, Ted C., China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower

  • *Hufbauer, Gary C., Wong, Y., and Sheth, K., U.S.-China Trade Disputes: Rising Tide, Rising Stakes, Institute for International Economics, 2006.

  •  Challenges America and the World, Scribner, 2005.

  • Groombridge, Mark A., and Barfield, Claude E., Tiger by the Tail: China and the World Trade Organization, The AEI Press, 1999.

  • *Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, Bhala, pp. 1304-1325.

  • Rogers, Jim, A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World's Greatest Market. Random House, 2007.

  • Zeng, Ming and Williamson, Peter J., Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese Cost Innovation Is Disrupting Global Competition. Harvard Business School, 2007.

Fourth Class

The Competitiveness Challenge: Trade in Services and the Debate Over Outsourcing and Offshoring

  • Nath, Kamal, India’s Century, McGraw Hill, 2008.

  • *Friedman, Thomas L., The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

  • *Mann, Catherine L., “Offshore Outsourcing and the Globalization of US Services: Why Now, How Important, and What Policy Implications,” Chapter 9 in Bergsten, C. Fred, The United States and the World Economy.

  • Raj, Vinay. Think India: The Rise of the World's Next Superpower and What It Means for Every American. Dutton, 2007.

Fifth Class

The Challenge of Competing Against Unfairly Priced Goods
Herein of the case of steel

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter V, Antidumping Duties

  • Destler, Chapter 6, “Changing the Rules: The Rise of Administrative Trade Remedies”

  • *Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (“Antidumping” Agreement, Bhala, pp. 392-419.

  • Irwin, Douglas, Free Trade Under Fire, Princeton University Presss, 2005.

  • B. Bhattarcharyya, The Indian Shrimp Industry Organizes to Fight the Threat of Anti-Dumping Duties, - click here.

Sixth Class

The Challenge of Subsidies in International Trade
Herein of the cases of agriculture (U.S. and Europe) and currency manipulation (China)

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter VI, Subsidies and Countervailing Duties

  • Daniel Griswold, Grain Drain, The Hidden Cost of U.S. Rice Subsidies, Cato Institute, November 16, 2006 - click here.

  • WTO Decision on United States Subsidies on Upland Cotton, Report of the Appellate Body, WT DS 267/AB/R, March 3, 2005

  • Robert Samuelson, "The Airbus Showdown," December 8, 2004 - click here.

  • Irwin, Douglas A., and Nina Pavcnik (2004). "Airbus versus Boeing Revisited: International Competition in the Aircraft Market." Journal of International Economics 64 (2): 223-245. - click here.

  • *Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (“SCM Agreement”), Bhala, pp. 473-521.

Seventh Class

The Energy Challenge
OPEC: What Response
Alternative Fuels: what are the prospects

  • *Friedman, Thomas L., Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

  • *Materials on Cap and Trade provided to the class

  • *Philip K. Verleger, Jr., “Energy: A Gathering Storm?” Chapter 7 in Bergsten, Fred C., The United States and the World Economy

Eighth Class

The Development Challenge: International Trade and the War on Terror
Relationship between trade and international violence

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter X, Trade and Developing Nations

  • *Pearson, Charles, United States Trade Policy: A Work in Progrress, Chapter 6, “The Allure of Preferential Trade”

Ninth Class

The Challenge of Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Will the Doha Round Succeed?

  • Malawer, Stuart, WTO Law, Litigation & Policy - Sourcebook of Internet Documents. Wm. S. Hein & Co.,, 2007.

Tenth Class

The Challenge of Regional Economic Integration



  • Bilateral free trade agreements

Eleventh Class

The Challenge to American Intellectual Property in the World Marketplace

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter XIII, The Territorial Structure of Intellectual Property Rights

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter XIV, The International Licensing of Technology and Associated Antitrust Issues

  • *Agreeement on Trade Related Intellectual Property, WTO, 1994, Bhala, pp. 567-602

Twelfth Class

Trade Sanctions and Export Controls

  • *Fisher and Malloy, Chapter XII, The Use of Trade Controls for Political Purposes

Thirteenth Class

The International Financial Architecture

  • *Morris Goldstein, “The International Financial Architecture,” Chapter 12 in Bergsten, C. Fred, The United States and the World Economy

  • *Stiglitz, Joseph, Globalization and Its Discontents, 2002.

  • Bergsten, C. Fred and Williamson, John, eds., Dollar Overvaluation and the World Economy, Institute for International Economics, 2003.

Class Materials

Part 1 - Regulation of International Trade

Part 2 - Technology in International Commerce

Part 3 - Regulating International Investment

Supplementary Online Resources
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