Biden -- National Security, Law and Global Trade: Less Subterfuge and More Strategy in the Era of Crisis.
16 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2021 Last revised: 1 Feb 2021
Date Written: January 20, 2021
The primacy purpose of this article is to discuss national security and trade policy of the new Biden administration. First, I will look at the historic and dubious claims of the Trump administration in utilizing national security as a cover for protectionist trade actions, as well as at the federal court cases addressing these claims. I will then assess the cases that have come before the WTO over the last two years, raising for first time the issue of the national security exception under GATT Article XXI. Finally, I conclude that President Biden’s overwhelming priority is to resurrect American democracy and alliances. But he will also need to address a broad range of trade issues and to restrict reliance on national security as a cover for populist and protectionist policies.
Keywords: Biden's Trade Policy, Global Trade, National Security and Trade, Trade Cases and Trade, National Security, WTO and National Security
JEL Classification: F, K, Z28
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