The Shutdown Doesn't Stop At America's Shores
To most Americans, the effect of the federal government’s shutdown has been obvious: the shuttering of national parks, furloughed government employees, and the suspension of general government activity in Washington. But as an international superpower, the government doesn’t limit its activities to what happens at home. The stasis in the capital has led to American activities overseas grinding to a halt, and the potential repercussions are serious.
The United States is in the midst of negotiating two of the largest trade deals in history: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with the European Union; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with 11 Pacific rim countries and potentially a minimum of half a dozen more.
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This article is by Glenn Nye, a former congressman and a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., and Dan Grant, a fellow at the American Security Project.