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Paper No. 7

August 2002

A Free Trade Area of the Americas: Implications of Success or Failure for the Members of the OAS

Stephen K. Keat

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DANTE B. FASCELL NORTH-SOUTH CENTER WORKING PAPER NUMBER SEVEN

The following is a Working Paper of The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. The author(s) and the North-South Center welcome comments and critiques from colleagues and students of security studies, environmental issues, and civil society participation. Comments may be e-mailed to the author(s) using the e-mail link at the bottom of this page. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author(s), not The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center, which is a nonpartisan public policy and research institution. Inquiries and submissions to the North-South Center Working Papers may be sent to Jeffrey Stark, Director of Research and Studies, via e-mail attachment to stark@miami.edu, including author’s name, title, affiliation, and e-mail address. © 2002 Stephen K. Keat. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Conventions. Stephen K. Keat grants permission for this document to be reprinted or quoted in part or in its entirety, provided that credit is given to the author and to The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center, referencing this web site, . ISBN 1-57454-121-8 August 2002 This Working Paper is based on a monograph originally presented to The Inter-American Defense College as a requisite for obtaining the diploma of completion for the Senior Continental Defense Course, Class XLI. The views and opinions expressed in this work are exclusive to the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States government, the United States Department of State and/or their associate elements, or the Inter-American Defense College. While many of the sources for this paper are written or internet documents, important source material came from formal interviews or informal conversations. Given the ongoing nature of the FTAA negotiations, some of the persons interviewed did not want to be identified or wanted to be identified in ways that hid their identities. Many statements are not cited or are referenced in a general way, such as, “according to a well-informed diplomat. . . .” While some of the sources who agreed to be cited are Washington, D.C.-based ambassadors, other sources include high-level officials working in different ministries from a wide range of governments throughout the Americas. Please address any comments to the author at stephenkeat@hotmail.com.

A Free Trade Area of the Americas: Implications of Success or Failure for the Members of the OAS

Stephen K. Keat

The Dante B. Fascell

North South Center
U N I V E R S I T Y O F M I A M I

1500 Monza Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33146-3027

DANTE B. FASCELL NORTH-SOUTH CENTER WORKING PAPER NUMBER SEVEN

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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Some Antecedents/Historical Background U.S./Canada FTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 NAFTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Examples of Some Other Regional Groupings CACM/CAN/CARICOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 MERCOSUR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Miami Summit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Other Summits/Other Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Working Groups/Business Facilitation Measures/Trade-Related...
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