The link between trade and security

International trade has been promoted by the Obama administration as key to promoting economic growth and development. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently tied trade to the issue of security along the Silk Route.

In a May 2 CNN interview with Jill Dougherty, Clinton explained,

Some countries would like to build a 20-foot wall because they worry about extremists from other places. That’s just not realistic in the 21st century. It’s far better to develop your economy to trade with your neighbors to give our young people jobs. That’s one of the best arguments against extremism.

In other words, increased trade, economic integration and open borders will improve the lives of citizens and lead to economic growth. To allow for increased productivity and exports to other markets,  it is in each country’s best interest to maintain peace and stability along the Silk Route.

The link between international trade and security is definitely worth exploring at length.

Do you think that peace and stability can be achieved through international trade?


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About Dr. Sarita D. Jackson

is the President and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade, a think-tank/consulting firm that examines trade policies and their impact on domestic businesses. Prior to heading GRIIT, Dr. Jackson was a tenured associate professor of political science in North Carolina and worked as a trade policy consultant for an Arlington-based consulting firm. She has participated in trade policy projects and conducted research on free trade negotiations in Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. Dr. Jackson has also traveled to Chile and Argentina to study their political systems and economic integration policies.
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One Response to The link between trade and security

  1. Kim says:

    IT will succeed if countries open their borders and agree to and abide by fair trading policies. To often it seems that political self interests get in the way of fair international trade. Just look at ut our out-dated economic and political policies with Cuba.

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