US FTAs are, along with the EU’s, the most far reaching in terms of achieving substantial change — or legal grounds for it — in other countries’ social and economic policies by setting US-friendly standards for investor privileges, environmental protection, workers’ rights, intellectual property, deregulation of service industries and privatisation in general, wherever they are signed.
Some are more comprehensive than others, with the most recent ones being the most comprehensive. They also follow a blueprint pattern, with the strongest "to date" serving as a model for the next one(s).
Before the year 2000, the US had only three comprehensive FTAs on the books: Canada, Israel and Mexico.
Since 2000, the US has concluded FTAs with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Jordan, Korea, Oman, Morocco, Singapore, Panama, Peru and the six Central American parties to CAFTA (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). The agreements with Colombia, Korea, Oman and Panama are still pending ratification.
In addition, a stepping-stone agreement on trade and investment, short of a full FTA, has been signed with the five members of the Southern Africa Customs Union (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland). The US is also in stalled FTA negotiations with Malaysia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Countries reportedly on Washington’s "radar screen" for a bilateral FTA since some time include: Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
US-based industry associations and other pressure groups are lobbying for US FTAs with India, the EU, Japan and Taiwan. And in late 2008, the US decided (along with Australia, Peru and Vietnam) to enter into FTA negotiations with the members of the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP).
last update: May 2012
PANG warns against Fiji’s ratification of IEPA | 22-Jul-2014
The secret deal that threatens NHS | 19-Jul-2014
Les négociations TAFTA et CETA utilisées pour affaiblir la législation climatique européenne | 17-Jul-2014
Malta: Anti-TTIP front launched | 15-Jul-2014
EJN condemns EPA | 13-Jul-2014
EFF: We join dozens of organizations and businesses to protest TPP copyright proposals | 11-Jul-2014
Susan George : “La mobilisation contre le traité transatlantique est difficile à cause du secret” | 11-Jul-2014
Los agricultores protestan en Seúl por el TLC con China | 10-Jul-2014
Las protestas contra el TTIP en el Reino Unido se centran en la privatización del Sistema Nacional de Salud (NHS) | 10-Jul-2014
Toutes et tous hors Tafta ! | 10-Jul-2014
Farmers protest China FTA in Seoul | 10-Jul-2014
AFL-CIO and ETUC issue "Declaration of Joint Principles" | 10-Jul-2014
Ilana Solomon : « En matière d’énergie et de climat, le TTIP nous entraîne exactement dans la mauvaise direction. » | 8-Jul-2014
Who lobbies most on TTIP? | 8-Jul-2014