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National Security and Direct Investment — Canadian Style — Same as U.S.?

Petronas, Malaysia’s state-owned oil company, is battling the Canadian government to allow its proposed $5.3bn acquisition of Progress Energy Resolution. Also waiting approval is China’s CNOOC’s proposed $15bn acquisition of Nexen, another Canadian company. The issues raised by the Canadian government … Continue reading

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New Trade Developments and the U.S. — Careful Examination Needed.

A host of new trade developments recently have raised issues of U.S. national interests, national security, foreign investment, and issues of U.S. regulations. The represent a very dynamic and fluid situation that bears carefull  examination in this election season and … Continue reading

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National Security and Chinese Investment — Presidential Politics?

Two recent actions by the United States, one by President Obama and another by the House Intelligence Committee raise the issue again of China – U.S. trade relations and national security. ….. President Obama ordered a Chinese firm to divest ownership in … Continue reading

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Counterterrorism and Global Trade — Legal Developments — Need a More Effective Congress and International Law.

In his two books, Jack Goldsmith rationalized the growth of presidential power in the War on Terror, addressing both the Bush and Obama administrations. And of course he tries to justify his actions, with some limited success, while in the … Continue reading

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National Security, Global Competitiveness, and Rules of the Road — The Right Balance at APEC & ASEAN — Promoting A Rules-Based Foreign Policy.

At the recent APEC and ASEAN trade meetings President Obama was concerned about balancing strategic and national security with global trade and competitiveness of U.S. firms. He also set a clearer tone for U.S. foreign policy, one promoting a rules-based system. This … Continue reading

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Presidential Politics — Forget National Security, Isn’t it all about Jobs and the Domestic Economy?

The latest WSJ / NBC poll found that 61% of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of national security. That’s the good news. The bad news is only 6% really care and believe that national security should be the top … 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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Foreign Investment, State Economic Development and Removing Disincentives — Very Necessary.

  States need to follow an aggressive economic development policy focusing on attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). States ought to assess their business and regulatory environments to ensure equal treatment for foreign corporations. The federal government ought to remove unnecessary … Continue reading

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