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A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

Leaked Draft TPP, Foreign (But Only Foreign!) Corporate Veto (and Extortion) Power, and the Original Intent of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Adam Sulkowski

Among other well-founded concerns about the process of negotiating the trade treaties, what they may include, and their impacts, is the fact that they are likely to include some form of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Bypassing Congress

Pat Choate | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

President Barack Obama is the principal political beneficiary of the forthcoming GOP control of both Houses of Congress, for it allows him to triangulate his initiatives and thus bypass both Congressional Republicans and Democrats to further define his Presidential legacy.

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

Advocates Should Focus on Our Real Competitiveness Problems

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

For the stark reality, like it or not, is that there is absolutely no chance of a real U.S. manufacturing competitiveness agenda getting enacted without at least moderate U.S. corporate support.