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More Than A Dozen Environmental Organizations Warn Of TPP Risks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.06.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Over the last year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), desperate to reach a deal, has glossed over these concerns and attempted to paint the deal as progressive and environmentally friendly.

Making Sense of the TPP: Don't Confuse Trade With Trade Deals

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I greet claims that the TPP will boost American growth and jobs with a healthy dose of skepticism. We already trade pretty freely with most of these countries, and tariffs are low enough already that taking them down further will yield marginal, non-measurable gains.

Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since the U.S does not have clear and detailed policy towards the conflicts in the Middle East, and since the U.S policy is currently anchored in the wait-and-see foreign policy, Washington is more willing to delegate the task of fighting the Islamic State or resolving the crisis in Syria and Yemen, to Tehran and Moscow or other nations.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

Making Trade More Inclusive

Anabel González | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
Anabel González

As much as 85 percent of small-scale traders at border crossings in the Great Lakes region of Africa are women -- but the majority of border officials are men, with corruption and gender-based abuse running rampant.

A Framework for US-India Economic Cooperation

Nelson W. Cunningham | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Nelson W. Cunningham

Mr. Modi's reform agenda has not yet extended to India's historically protectionist trade policies. Unlike many other developing countries, particularly in Asia, India remains largely outside the web of global and regional trade compacts.

Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.

Xi's Visit Highlights U.S. and Chinese Expectations in the Semiconductor Industry

East-West Center | Posted 09.24.2016 | Business
East-West Center

One area of particular interest to U.S. industry is China's new push in semiconductor design and fabrication. Since 2005, China has become the largest and fastest growing semiconductor market in the world, and by far the most important market for U.S. semiconductor firms.

Four Reasons Not To Trust The TPP To Save Endangered Animals

Ben Beachy | Posted 09.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

We do not need to rely on another unenforceable trade deal that may, in fact, pose threats to their habitats. Other more effective tools exist to reduce illegal wildlife trade -- ones that are free of the TPP's threats to the environment.

What's the Beef with Our Chicken? The Fight over Europe's Common Agricultural Policy

ADST | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
ADST

While it is widely recognized that the Cold War was a time of heavy diplomatic involvement and trials, few are familiar with another ongoing transatlantic war during the same period: The Chicken War.

Will President Obama Stand up to the Drug Thugs?

Dean Baker | Posted 09.21.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

It takes a lot of courage to defy the folks who make tens of billions a year selling drugs. We will find out soon whether President Obama has the backbone to stand up to Merck, Pfizer, and the other major drug companies in order to protect the lives of millions.

Revisiting Trade Education

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.19.2016 | Education
Christina Gagnier

Apprenticeships and trade opportunities should not be an idea of times past: they are essential to the economic recovery of communities across this country. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would be of merit to reinvigorate our education in the trades as a path to employment.

Deepening Our Commercial Engagement with Africa

Stefan M. Selig | Posted 09.17.2016 | World
Stefan M. Selig

As we embark on this historic trade mission, it is important to recognize what Trade Winds -- Africa, as well as our larger commercial partnership, represents. That the relationship between the United States and African countries is more mutually beneficial, prosperous, and consequential than it has ever been before.

Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.16.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.

What President Obama Should Say to President Xi on Trade

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

What are President Obama's goals in the international trade area when President Xi visits the United States next week? I worry that there is not one among them that will change the U.S. trade picture. And unfortunately, when we look at the trade relationship with China, there is much that needs to be changed.

New Trade Deals and State-owned Companies

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 09.11.2016 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

The United States is likely to raise these concerns in future agreements such as the Bilateral Investment Treaty, which it was negotiating with China before discussions between the two countries were put on hold.

Are Climate VIPs Welcome? The Rationale of Carbon Clubs

Nicole de Paula | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
Nicole de Paula

The fact that the debate over carbon clubs remains on the agenda suggests that they cannot be ignored. Among its plusses and minuses, one thing seems to be consensual among the carbon VIP defenders: the UN, for the moment, is not invited to the carbon club party.

What Are Sanctions, and Do They Work?

MoneyTips | Posted 09.07.2016 | Business
MoneyTips

Sanctions have been prominently featured in the news in recent times, especially given international negotiations with Iran regarding economic sanctio...

For Sale: Wisconsin

Neal Wooten | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Neal Wooten

Scott Walker has been very vocal in the last month calling for Obama to cancel the visit, calling China a "strategic competitor" and saying "we should expect more out of China." There's only one problem with this rhetoric coming from Scott Walker. It's a tad hypocritical.

China's Stock Market Mess Belies Bigger Problems for the United States

Scott Paul | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

The recent cratering of the Chinese stock market left some scars on our 401(k) plans and dominated recent headlines. Some called it a correction. I tend to think of it as another glimpse into the crazy house-of-cards economy in China.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?

Trump's Tropes

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
Robert L. Borosage

For years, Republicans have used race bait politics to consolidate their support among white, working class voters. For years, they postured about military action for partisan advantage. For years, they have worshipped Reagan as a man on a horse who rode in to save the country. Now Trump's tropes recycle these themes, in more nationalist, bawdy and bigoted rants. And in indicting our failed trade policies, defending Social Security and Medicare, questioning mindless interventions, he strays from the Republican gospel to appeal to the concerns of working Americans. He's calling out the phonies and offering himself as a true man on the horse to make America great again. The Republican establishment may just find themselves reaping what they have sown.

The President's First Job is to Preserve the Middle Class

Gregory Floyd | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Gregory Floyd

The President's first job is to preserve the middle class. The 2016 election is crucial to the future of our country and I look forward to hearing more from each candidate on how they will protect the good, honest jobs our middle class needs to survive and thrive.

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.

Jordan Needs to Appoint an Administrative Czar to Solve Bridge Problems

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The decades-old conflict with Israel and the aftereffects of the Israeli occupation of what was Jordanian land in the West Bank continue to be a source of hardships and problems for individuals and business people on both sides of the Jordan River.