Author Archives: Stuart Malawer

About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).

U.S. Trade Policy (Biden and Trump) — Harmful and Back to the Future?

Trump’s toxic trade policies are well and alive.  They are being furthered by Biden’s policies today, especially those now pushing industrial promotion in the name of national security. Recent U.S legislation expands support for semiconductors, restricts U.S. sales of chips … Continue reading

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What is the Growing Role of States in U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Trade? — Federalism Really Important.

The role of states in U.S. foreign policy has often been overlooked generally and especially in international trade relations. A new article in Foreign Affairs discusses the role of states within today’s political reality. I’ve always believed this is an … Continue reading

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State Funding of International Trade for State Economic Development — Very Critical, Especially Now.

  This piece was published by me and John Milliken earlier this year. I thought it would be worthwhile to emphasize the continuing necessity to fund the international trade activities of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Being global is critical for doing … Continue reading

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Update on Virginia Trade — Doing Really Well — Need to be Global for a Thriving State Economy.

China is Virginia’s third largest export market and is largest importer into Virginia. Virginia’s agricultural exports have increased year-over-year. (Major export commodities — soybean, pork, poultry, peanuts and tobacco.) So, what can be said? You need to be global to … Continue reading

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Chinese Farm Purchases in U.S., U.S. Outward Investment Controls and U.S. Audits of Chinese Firms — Issues Obscured by Global Politics but Crucial.

     Three Important China Trade Issues, not well known. Obscured by global politics. But these are critical. (1) Chinese purchase of farmland under 1978 Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act. (2) Restricting outward investment to China. (3) Requiring audits of … Continue reading

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A New Globalization is Emerging — Now What?

        Historical challenges have recently arisen attacking “globalization.” These challenges to traditional U.S. trade policy come from the liberal, conservative, protectionist and national security communities in the U.S. This development has been supercharged by the global pandemic … Continue reading

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Global Commerce and Global Conflict — Yes, Global Commerce is a Positive.

     Does global trade and commerce promote peaceful international relations? My answer is generally, ‘yes.’ But it is no guaranty. I’m reminded of the fact that Germany and France during the inter-war period had huge trade connections. Of course, this … Continue reading

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Russia as a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’? …. Yes.

    Totally baffling. Why would the editor of the American Journal of International Law agree with the State Dept. and oppose having it list Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act?   By … Continue reading

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BIDEN AND TRADE — Bad Foreign Policy & Bad Domestic Politics.

Excellent editorial in the Wall Street Journal today on failure of President Biden to formulate a viable trade policy distinct from Trump’s fiasco. This tracks my earlier article in March. Here are some main points of the editorial. The news … Continue reading

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Biden’s Trade Policies — More of the Same (2021-2022).

Malawer, Biden’s Trade Policies (Year One) — More Aggressive than Trump’s? China and WTO Review (March 2022).

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