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Efraim Chalamish
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Dr. Efraim Chalamish is an international economic law scholar and practitioner. He has been involved in international legal practice in New York, Paris and Israel, along with research and analysis of cutting edge areas in public and private international economic law. Dr. Chalamish is teaching International Investment Law at New York University Law School. He has also served as a Global Fellow at New York University, exploring global governance of corporations and multilateral institutions, the intersection of business and national security, sovereign wealth funds’ economics and policy, international investment arbitration, and global governance and financial regulation. His articles have been published in leading journals and magazines in the Unites States and Europe, such as the European Journal of International Law. He is the founder and president of the Global Center for Economic Development and Security.

Dr. Chalamish received his Doctorate in international economic law from the University of Michigan, where he was awarded Olin Law and Economics fellowship. Dr. Chalamish has been serving as an adjunct or visiting professor at several academic institutions, such as University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was recently named by the French Government as a Future Global Leader for 2011.

Dr. Chalamish is an exclusive contributor to Economonitor, and regularly writes to papers and magazines, such as the Huffington Post, Project Syndicate, The Gulf Times, and JPost.

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China Tech Fllows U.S. Election Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:02 PM

US policy-makers and politicians often refer to commercial relations between the US and China as the main economic challenge facing the US government. Driven by voter sentiment and genuine economic trends and concerns, candidates in the presidential primaries have extensively addressed the 'China problem'. China's role in the US economy...

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Sovereign Funds and New Trends in Commodities Markets

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Sovereign wealth funds have expanded dramatically in recent years. High commodity prices and large foreign exchange reserves have contributed to their significant growth in global markets.

Yet, recent trends in equity and commodities markets could seriously impact this growth story.

Sovereign funds have gradually increased their exposure to foreign equity...

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New Trade Deals and State-owned Companies

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:30 PM

This summer US Congress passed a law giving president Barack Obama the authority to "fast-track" free-trade pacts such as the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP), which covers around 40% of trade in American goods and 60% of trade in Asian goods.

These kinds of trade deals could hail a potentially...

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The New Israeli Government and the Future of its Economic Reforms

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:37 PM

A new Israeli government was announced, and the international community and global markets wonder what would be the direction of Prime Minister Netanyahu following his impressive political victory. He was re-elected to a fourth term as a prime minister. It's the economy, stupid, and In Israel too.

The engine of...

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Ownership Restrictions Put the Breaks On Foreign Investment

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 8:17 AM

FDI volumes are declining globally, as some national governments take a stronger stance against foreign ownership of their companies and land. The United Nations Council on Trade and Development's recent report on foreign direct investment trends and policies shows that global investment inflows are slowing down. They declined by 8%...

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Israeli Venture Capitalists Finance Arab Startups

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Startup companies and innovators in the Arab World have suffered from underinvestment and lack of technology infrastructure in recent years. Even the wealthy Arab sovereign wealth funds have a very limited allocation to local ventures -- a direct result of the Arab Spring, political and security tensions, and modest returns...

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New China-Africa Development Fund Could Add Accountability, Transparency to Chinese Investments in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The People's Bank of China and the African Development Bank agreed last week to establish a $2 billion co-financing fund. This surprising 10-year multilateral pact was described by Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of China's central bank, as a supplement to his country's traditional lending to Africa, which has consisted mainly...

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Bali and Beyond: Building Momentum for Trade Deals and Global Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Co-authored by Michael DeSimone, CEO, Borderfree

The WTO talks in Bali last month brought good news for business and consumers worldwide. New trade liberalization measures will lower barriers to global commerce, bringing a much-needed boost to economic development in established and emerging markets alike. As support for global...

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How Do Governments Invest

(10) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 2:38 PM

We all want to know. How do governments invest globally these days? New practices are emerging.

We have come a long way since sovereign wealth funds' controversial investments in distressed financial and infrastructure companies in the U.S. and Europe. Indeed, their investment behavior has changed in recent years and new...

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Business Not as Usual

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:21 PM

The Great Recession and the changing global economic landscape have forced U.S. leadership to reassess its relationships with foreign markets and companies. SelectUSA, a federal program that promotes U.S. inbound FDI (foreign direct investment) since 2010, launched its first ever SelectUSA Global Investment Summit earlier this month. Business executives, policy...

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Egypt's Economic Future and and the Need for Outward Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 9:32 AM

The Egyptian economy, currently in dire straits, is vital to the country's stability, and stability in Egypt is a central interest of Israel as well. While in the long term, future governments can adopt and implement policies to improve Egypt's economy, the short term impact of the recent political revolution...

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Reflections on Chinese investments in the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 4:25 PM

What do you get when the largest developing country in the world is investing more and more in the world's largest developed economy? Lots of question marks and a few deals.

Chinese investment in the U.S. market is a hot topic. U.S. companies and entrepreneurs are trying to understand the...

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Israeli Elections and Foreign Investors

(13) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:01 PM

While recent elections in Israel have led to Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection, there are many uncertainties around the profile of his new coalition and its impact on foreign and economic policies. A lot has been said about Israel's vote to reenergize the peace process with the Palestinians and the need to...

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Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 3:23 PM

Latin America is America's third largest trade partner. Its continuous economic growth is critical not only to the region itself, but also to essential segments of the U.S. economy. Yet, American leadership and business communities have not invested adequate resources to support this important strategic connection. The toll may be...

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On Finance and U.S. Political Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 2:22 PM

We have recently seen an influx of articles and books address the future of the West, and more specially the United States. "That Used to Be Us" and "The Post-American World" are some of the most popular titles. Apparently, it is hard to resist the temptation of trying to predict...

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Investing in a G20 World

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 4:29 PM

G20 leaders concluded their meeting this week in Los Cabos, Mexico, with yet another broad declaration on the future of the world economy and the role of G20 members in promoting growth and jobs.

Supporting economic stabilization, fostering employment and social protection, strengthening the international financial architecture and reforming the...

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The Return of Investment Policy -- The U.S. Is Back in the Game

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Foreign investment policy hasn't been the main focus of the U.S. government in recent years. However, this may begin to change and industry leaders should not stay behind.

Inconsistent and fragmented U.S. government decisions have made it difficult for foreign investors in the U.S. to make critical investment decisions. The...

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Lets Talk About Trade

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Trade policies are not a sexy business. Customs, anti-dumping, subsidies are just some of the concepts international investors are trying to avoid. Yet, recent weeks reminded all of us that trade can make headlines. And make or break industries around the globe. The subsidies to the aerospace industry in the...

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Where Is the Burning Man Heading?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 5:22 PM

As the Middle East and the world mark a year to the Arab Spring, reflections are divided. Some argue that the Arab Spring and its achievements belong with the pantheon of global revolutionary movements, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. Others, on the...

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The Investment Stability of the Arab Winter

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 11:56 AM

The Arab Spring presented investors with unique investment opportunities and participation in the process of re-building North-African nations. Transitional justice and political change have been historically known for bringing forth foreign investment players who can shape these emerging economies despite the political and regulatory risks. And these risks do exist.

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