For further research, please see these organisations concerned with various aspects of regional organisations and regional integration:





The RTA Exchange: an initiative coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank to develop a forum and a platform where interested stakeholders can interact and exchange information, discuss relevant policy issues on RTAs and the interplay between RTAs and WTO


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United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies:  a think-tank that generates policy-relevant knowledge about new forms of governance and cooperation and to contribute to capacity building on issues of integration and cooperation, particularly in developing countries. 


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Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS): conducts research in all areas related to regional integration – feasibility, scope and effect both in developed and developing countries. Its main aim is to examine the impact of regional trade agreements and preferences on the economies involved in the agreements, those excluded, and also on the interaction between such preferential arrangements and the multilateral trading system.

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The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL): a  unit of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank, seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge on the benefits of integration processes, the trade dynamics of the region and the impact of new technologies on trade strategies.




Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) Database: a project which aims to systematically collect data on various types of preferential trade agreements (PTAs). DESTA covers approximately 790 PTAs with information on a large set of design features, including sector coverage, depth of commitments, trade integration and compliance tools for the time period between 1947 and 2010.




Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: a research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security, and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.