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NAFTA and health: how trade improves health

Editor’s note: the article first appeared in The Hill on 25 November 2017. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators met in Mexico City recently, hoping to keep alive a deal that has set the terms for trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States since the

Turkey’s free trade opportunity

Editor's note: This article first appeared in Hurriyet Daily News on 16 May 2016 Under Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Turkey’s new government is pushing hard to re-energize free trade relationships with the EU and the U.S. The prize is deeper economic integration that will support its

Are Free Trade Agreements good or bad for health?

Are Free Trade Agreements good or bad for health? Sreekanth Venkatamaran and Philip Stevens Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) containing TRIPS-Plus intellectual property provisions have been widely criticised on the grounds they have the potential to raise medicine prices and undermine access to medicines, particularly in developing countries. This paper

Turkey, trade liberalisation and an FTA with the US

Editor's Note:  This article first appeared in The Hill. April 2015: This week, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Chief Ali Babacan is visiting Washington, D.C. While he may be here to join the droves of tourists admiring the cherry blossoms in peak bloom, his