Visualizing TISA Negotiations

Gabriel J. Michael / gmichael at gwu dot edu

Yesterday, Wikileaks released a draft text of the financial services chapter from the Trade in Services Agreement. I’m not going to get into the substance of the treaty or chapter, but as with previous leaks, this one contains information about country positions.

As I’ve done before, I extracted information about country positions using Perl/regular expressions, then graphed the resulted information in R using the igraph package, resulting in the following network graph:

TISA Network GraphThis graph excludes many TISA negotiating parties, as many parties did not appear in the draft text. As you can see, there is a strong link between the United States and the European Union, and both also have proposed a significant number of provisions not joined by any other party. Panama, a major financial hub of the Americas, also makes a large number of proposals not supported by others.

The following table reports the frequency of country dyads (instances in which two countries both support the same bracketed text) in the leaked draft. It includes identities (i.e., dyads between a country and itself), which represent the number of times a country makes a proposal not supported by any other country.

The country codes should be fairly obvious, but just in case:

PA = Panama, US = United States, EU = European Union, KR = South Korea, AU = Australia, NO = Norway, TR = Turkey, CH = Switzerland, HKC = Hong Kong, CA = Canada

Country 1 Country 2 Frequency
PA PA 16
US US 15
US EU 14
EU EU 8
KR KR 6
AU AU 5
PA EU 5
NO NO 4
TR TR 3
CH US 2
PA US 2
NO EU 2
HKC HKC 1
TR EU 1
NO US 1
NO PA 1
CA US 1
CA CH 1

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About Gabriel

Ph.D. in political science. Postdoc and resident fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. Tech geek. Mechanically inclined. I study the politics of intellectual property.
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