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U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

First-Ever U.S. Presidential Candidates' Forum Held Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, November 2-4, 2015

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Natasha Srdoc

US presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the first-ever US Presidential Candidates' Forum held abroad, focusing on foreign and defense policy issues.

Sentence First -- Verdict Afterwards

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Does anyone else find it curious that politicians, from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, are prepared to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty before the text has been made public?

Why TPP Is a Feminist Issue

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Do you want your tax dollars to go to companies in countries like Brunei, where unmarried women who get pregnant are sent to prison and gays and lesbians are sentenced to death by stoning?

Russia: And the Danger of an Irrelevant Gas Station

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Edward Goldberg

It is the declining power, Russia, that is both threatened by the global order and threatening to the global order, that has nothing to lose in trying to reshuffle the deck. Russia is the only major economy that, beyond a collapsing energy market, has no skin in the globalized game.

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China is an important political issue. Trade, proliferation, human rights, cyberwar, security, and more are at stake in how the existing superpower and emerging great power get along in coming years.

Savannah: The City of New Beginnings

Tanya Caruso | Posted 10.21.2015 | Style
Tanya Caruso

The city of Savannah is constantly intertwining its past, present, and future. Since the city's emergence, trade and manufacturing have played a huge role in its economy and continue to make an impact on a local and global scale.

The World's 7th Largest Economy is Junk -- Who's Next?

Phil Davis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Brazil's economy is the 7th largest in the world at $2.4Tn - that's above Italy, India, Russia, Canada, Australia and just under France ($2.8Tn) and the UK.

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Right on the TPP

David Singh Grewal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

It would be foolish to think that because Hillary Clinton had once supported the TPP in principle, she should remain committed to it unconditionally. Furthermore, Clinton's longer record shows an increasing reluctance to support the free trade agenda that characterized her husband's administration twenty years ago.

Clear-Cut: Lumber Liquidators Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Wood Products

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In addition to pleading guilty to several charges, the company agreed to pay millions in fines and to implement a compliance plan to ensure their products are sourced legally in the future.

The Trade Creature Walks Among Us!

Michael Winship | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Die, monster, die! Every time you think that beast called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- TPP for short -- is finished, it comes back like a bad penny; or in this case, trillions and trillions and trillions of bad pennies.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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The Quest for Robust and Synchronized Growth

Maurice Obstfeld | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Maurice Obstfeld

Today, we released the October 2015 World Economic Outlook. Our forecasts come at a moment when the world economy is at the intersection of at least ...

More Than A Dozen Environmental Organizations Warn Of TPP Risks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.07.2015 | 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 10.06.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 09.30.2015 | 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 09.30.2015 | 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 09.26.2015 | 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 09.25.2015 | 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 09.23.2015 | 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 09.23.2015 | 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 09.21.2015 | 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.