The United States has historically managed a very active strategy of negotiating BITs with other countries. It works on the basis of a "model BIT" that is used systematically as the basis for talks with different governments.

US BITs are powerful agreements that not only cement commitments to provide the best treatment to US corporations operating abroad, but introduce substantial domestic policy shifts and political leverage for the US government in developing countries.

US BITs, like their FTAs, are tightly entwined with US foreign policy both in terms of objectives and enforcement.

last update: May 2012