I must confess that two or three times during FORGE’s 2015 editorial year I started writing this column about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The problem in so doing was that each time I started researching the topic I learned less and less about the actual terms of the agreement and more and more about the opacity of the process and negotiations from which it was derived.
As most of you know, the TPP is a trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations reached on Oct. 5, 2015, about matters of common economic interest among the negotiating countries. The 11 countries besides the U.S. include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. It took seven years to hammer out a document that was cloaked in secrecy as it was being negotiated.