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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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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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Don't Expand NAFTA: A Warning Against TPP
The United States recently announced that Canada and Mexico will join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a secretive U.S.-led multinational trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated with eight other countries in the Pacific Rim region.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Obama in Latin America: Another Missed Opportunity
U.S. President Barack Obama’s most audacious phrase during his trip to Latin America that ended this week was "We are all Americans. Todos somos Americanos ." The phrase seemed designed to provoke rants from the right wing in the United States. But in fact, the right wing and the mainstream media largely overlooked Obama's tour.
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