Monthly Archives: March 2014

Global Economic Sanctions — Many of Them by Many Players — But How Effective?

       In the last 13 years since 9/11 sanctions for domestic political and foreign policy reasons have exploded worldwide.      They include financial sanctions, trade and investment restrictions, sanctions on travel, arms embargos, commodity restrictions, financial controls and disclosures, diplomatic sanctions, sanctions … Continue reading

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Foreign Corruption — More Aggressive U.S. Prosecutions? Yes, They are Needed.

      The U.S. Dept. of Justice should be more aggressive in prosecuting firms for bribing foreign officials.       Bribery is illegal under U.S. and foreign law. It’s unethical and counter-productive for economic and political development. Forget the U.S. Chamber of … Continue reading

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National Interest, International Relations and International Law — Is Power Politics Dead in this Era of Globalization?

          The simple answer is that power politics is not dead in this new era of globalization.       Yes, we have new rules for inter-state relations brought about by globalization.  But calculations of national interests in foreign policy decision-making is … Continue reading

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Two New U.S. – China WTO Decisions — Who is the Biggest Winner?

               This week two WTO panels  decided the first two cases involving China – U.S. litigation in 2014. These were two major cases.      The first case was brought by the United States involving China’s export restriction on rare earths. The second case was … Continue reading

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Investor-State Treaties and Evolution of the Law — Yes, It is a Positive Development.

                    The move by various countries,  both developed and developing such as Indonesia, South Africa and Australia, to redraw bilateral treaties providing for investor-state provisions, should be resisted. The EU should continue to negotiate such provisions within the … Continue reading

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Cybsersecurity — NSA and Huawei — Just National Security?

                     NSA hacked into the servers and network equipment of Huawei, the private Chinese telecom firm, to determine its ties to Beijing and to exploit those networks and equipment when purchased by third countries or companies in those countries. … Continue reading

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Trade Agreements (TPP) & Globalization — Is Support for the Them Really on the ‘Wrong Side of History’? Don’t Think So.

     The recent article by Joseph Stiglitz is a frontal attack on the TPP, trade agreements, and globalization. Very interesting. But very wrong. Trade agreements open trade and bolster economic development. Income inequality within the U.S. does sap the interest in more trade … Continue reading

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