Discussion of NAFTA, INTIFADA, The Maastricht Treaty, and Khmer Rouge The following report provides a discussion of four important terms reflective of history in the second half of the twentieth century: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), intifada, Maastricht Treaty, and Khmer Rouge. NAFTA The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico that was negotiated in the early 1990s and finally ratified and put in place on January 1, 1994. NAFTA creates a North American trade bloc, in effect, and it is designed for the purpose of promoting free trade and commerce between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico by eliminating barriers to trade - namely, tariffs. One of the reasons...The end:
.....ulted in what some have called “the prison without walls” (Hunt 386). By the late 1980s, however, Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge were highly unpopular. Sihanouk subsequently regained power in the early 1990s. Pol Pot died in 1998 without ever having paid for his horrific crimes. Conclusion In conclusion, understanding terms like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Intifada, the Maastricht Treaty, and Khmer Rouge help one understand important aspects of history since the end of the First World War. Knowledge of these terms, more exactly, helps forge an appreciation for historical events that have truly shaped the world we live in today. WORKS CITED Hunt, Michael H. The world transformed: 1945 to the present. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.