Fellow trade nerds and other avid trade followers, today, Sunday, February 14, will be the launch of Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal’s latest book, “Corporate versus National Interest in U.S. Trade Policy: Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas“. A leading scribe of Caribbean trade history, Ambassador Bernal’s literary repertoire includes books analysing the important role Small States have played in the international system, the growing China-Caribbean commercial relationship and the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement, of which he was the lead negotiator for the CARIFORUM side.
In his fifth book, the well-respected Caribbean scholar and trade expert not only details how Chiquita Brands International was able to influence the Clinton Administration to challenge the EU on its preferential import regime for ACP bananas, but how this move was actually inimical to the US’ national security interests given the negative impact it had on Caribbean banana-exporting countries.
Written in Ambassador Bernal’s very comprehensive yet concise, eloquent but easy to read style, this latest work is a must-read for any student or practitioner of trade policy and may be purchased here.
To tune into the live book launch today, please see the flyer above.