International Trade: Policymaking Simulation

As you may know, after World War II, the United States together with most of the major countries in the world set up a number of international agreements and institutions. The aim was to enable countries to cooperate in an effort to preserve peace, promote international trade, lessen poverty through economic development, reduce hunger, respond to disasters, help refugees, promote health, and further human rights and democracy.

The most prominent institution has been the United Nations and its related global agencies, such as the World Food Program and, more recently, the World Trade Organization.

But such agreements and institutions also include regional alliances like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO and regional trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

Many people think that these agreements and institutions are still valuable and important, have served the U.S. well, and should be maintained even if they require some cost. But, other people think they are no longer useful and the U.S. should disengage from them so that the U.S. is freer to pursue its interests independently.

In this policymaking simulation, we will give you some background on some of the guiding principles of these agreements and institutions, and have you evaluate arguments for the U.S. maintaining or disengaging from them. The policymaking simulation is broken out into eight modules:

1. International Trade: Overview (12 questions)

Balancing the Negative Effects of Trade:

2. Unemployment Benefits  (5 questions)

3. Labor & Environmental Standards  (6 questions)

4. Trade Adjustment Assistance  (4 questions)

5. Job Training Programs  (8 questions)

6. US Tariffs on China  (4 questions)

7. Steel & Aluminum Tariffs (5 questions)

8. World Trade Organization (3 questions)