Edward Alden on “International Trade and Investment with Special Reference to Immigration”

Mar 17 2014@5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Mar 17 2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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About the talk:?
Immigration and international trade are in many respects just two different sides of the globalisation coin. American companies seeking to compete, for example, can exports goods and services from the United States and hire immigrants to strengthen their capabilities. Alternatively, companies can invest overseas, hire primarily foreign workers, and use those facilities to produce goods and services for a particular region or even to export back to the United States.

Yet in the American policy, there is a firewall between trade and immigration. Congress delegates negotiating authority on trade to the administration, but jealously guard its authority to set immigration quotas. Rules government mobility of people have occasionally found their way into US trade agreements (limited visas for professionals under NAFTA and the US- Singapore FTA, and the ???Mode 4?? rules of the WTO), but the United States strongly prefers to keep these issues out of trade agreement. For example, there is no ‘mobility’ chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The question then is, what are the prospects, if any, for immigration and mobility issues being dealt with more fully in trade agreements?

About Mr Edward Alden

Edward Alden is the Bernard L Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specialising in US economic competitiveness, and directs CFR???s Renewing America initiative. The former Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, his work focuses particularly on immigration and visa policy, and on US trade and international economic policy. Mr. Alden is the author of the book The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11.

Mr. Alden???s most recent publication is the May 2013 CFR Working Paper Managing Illegal Immigration: How Effective is Enforcement?, which was co-written with economists Bryan Roberts and John Whitley. Many of the recommendations in the paper were adopted by the House of Representative???s Committee on Homeland Security, which unanimously passed H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013. He is also co-author of the recent CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum ???Faster, Safer, Smarter: A Modern Visa System for the United States.?? He has testified to Congress numerous times on US immigration and visa policies.

He has lectured widely on immigration and economic competitiveness issues to such venues as the World Affairs Council, the World Bank, the Foreign Service Institute, Stanford, Duke, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. Mr Alden is currently working on a book that examines how the United States has responded to its growing integration into the global economy since the 1970s.

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