Manuel Pérez Rocha

Foreign Policy In Focus contributor Manuel Pérez Rocha is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Katherine Tai delivers remarks after being introduced as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next U.S. Trade Representative at the Queen Theater on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to round out his domestic team with the announcement of his choices for cabinet secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Agriculture, and the heads of his domestic policy council and the U.S. Trade Representative. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 01, 2021
Biden's Top Trade Official Should Work to Protect Governments From the Rising Number of Corporate Lawsuits
The rigged system that protects transnational “investments” spread like a virus globally in 2020. This is a lucrative field that runs parallel to international law, propelled by the proliferation of some 3,000 international investment treaties and trade agreements that give corporations the right...
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Cusco, Peru (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 29, 2020
Corporate Lawsuits Could Devastate Poor Countries Grappling With COVID-19
The country was in freefall. Formerly middle class families were hawking their valuables on the street. After dark, the most desperate would search through garbage cans for food. That was Argentina in 2002. In that dark hour, as Argentine officials scrambled to lessen the pain of a deep economic...
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Manuel Perez Rocha speaks on the 20th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests. Views
Thursday, December 12, 2019
We Need a Progressive Alternative on Trade—and NAFTA 2.0 Isn’t It
This piece was adapted from a speech the author gave in Seattle to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests. Good Morning Seattle! Let’s not forget that while we stopped the introduction of the so-called Singapore Issues in the WTO in 1999, like investment protection rules...
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Given the destructiveness of runaway climate change and rising inequality, we cannot afford to wait until the current international trade system is reformed before acting. (Photo: Shooting Chris / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
What Kind of Trade Policy Should Progressives Support?
The extraordinary surge in popular support for expanding public health care, a “Green New Deal,” and other progressive policies demonstrates a powerful public appetite for meaningful social change. Decades of neoliberal austerity and “the market made me do it” politics, which boosted inequality in...
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Mexicans participate in an indigenous ritual at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
AMLO Goes Full Throttle Against Neoliberalism—But What About NAFTA?
I had the great fortune to attend the inauguration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (or AMLO, as he is known) as the 58th Mexican president on December 1. The atmosphere at the Legislative Palace was electric with the knowledge that Mexico would be beginning its “ Fourth Transformation ” — following...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death’
Pope Francis’ address to Congress was almost certainly not what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and other congressional leaders had in mind when they invited the pope to speak. It probably wasn’t what they were all thinking about during the last standing ovations. But here was Pope Francis, revered...
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Friday, November 21, 2014
What “Free Trade” Has Done to Central America
With Republicans winning big in the midterm elections, the debate over so-called “free-trade” agreements could again take center stage in Washington. President Barack Obama has been angling for “fast-track” authority that would enable him to push the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP—a...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
NAFTA at 20: A Model for Corporate Rule
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Friday, March 15, 2013
NAFTA at 20: The New Spin
Only a few years ago, analysts were warning that Mexico was at risk of becoming a “ failed state .” These days, the Mexican government appears to be doing a much better PR job.
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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty
A 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is underway in Singapore this week. Canada and Mexico join the nine other TPP countries for the second time since the U.S. government invited its NAFTA partners to join late last year.
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