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U.S. Global Trade Actions, 2011 — Long List, But How Effective?

     The USTR recently released in December 2011 a list of trade actions taken by the United States during 2011. Rom Kirk declared, “In 2011, the Obama Administration achieved unprecedented results on trade.” Really? The following is an itemization of … Continue reading

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New Global Trade Push by U.S. — Any Impact on the Presidential Election?

There seems to be a renewed focus on global trade policy and particularly with nations across the Pacific by the United States. At the recent APEC meeting the U.S. forcefully backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama has declared the 21st … Continue reading

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Three New Bilateral Trade Agreements — What’s the Real Impact? — Economic or Political?

Congress just passed the bilateral trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. This is clearly a rare bipartisan act and a success for President Obama. But what is the real significance of these new free-trade agreements? Is it economic (read … Continue reading

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Free Trade and National Security — Stronger Foreign Economies are in our National Interest.

President Obama’s national security adviser Ton Donilon makes the free-trade case for national security when he advocates the passage of  three bilateral trade agreements recently submitted to Congress (Panama, Colombia and South Korea). He argues passage will signal our commitment to strengthening bilateral … Continue reading

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