Free Trade and the 2016 Presidential Election
May 25, 2016
Sarita Jackson
Free Trade and the 2016 Presidential Election

Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. is the founder, president and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), a think-tank/consulting firm focused on trade policy analysis and advising businesses on the best strategies for taking advantage of global market opportunities. She is also an instructor at UCLA Extension in the Department of Business, Management and Legal Programs, where she teaches courses such as Fundamentals of International Trade, Introduction to International Business and Doing Business in Latin America.

Dr. Jackson’s research on free trade negotiations, industry competitiveness, and international trade rules has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals both nationally and internationally. Her book, It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid! Trade Competitiveness in the 21st Century, was published in 2016 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

The rhetoric against U.S. free trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has increased during this year’s presidential debates. For example, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shifted her support away from the TPP once the deal was complete. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been vociferous against unfair trade practices and has focused his attention on China. On the other hand, President Barack Obama argues in favor of the TPP and established the National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports between 2010 and 2015. So, what is the truth in all of the rhetoric? Are the candidates protectionists, free trade advocates or somewhere in between? What do free trade deals mean for the U.S. economy and the business community? 
Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. will guide the audience through the noise to have a clearer understanding of the actual positions of the candidates. The talk will go further to adequately explain the TPP and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement, which is currently being negotiated with the European Union. Finally, the talk will explain how previous trade deals have impacted the U.S. economy and particular sectors such as manufacturing and services.