100 years ago, much of the world was interlaced with military pacts and alliances that eventually led to the first global war. Now in 2016, many of these same nations are rushing towards new alliances and coalitions but under the name of trade and economics.
On the side of the U.S. are the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which has garnered 12 countries in South America and the Pacific Rim, and is in the process of trying to coax EU states onto their ledger. And in Eurasia and the Far East, both Russia and China are creating free trade zones that do not require ‘secret’ and non-transparent pacts that are hidden from the citizens of nations, and in many cases, hidden even from most of the officials they want to bring on board.
Yet despite the power of U.S. hegemony, more and more country’s are choosing the Eastern trade pacts, with three new economies beginning talks with Russia to join their growing Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).