Trade and Development News

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.
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The Pivot to Asia: Are the EU and the US Partners or Competitors?

Dec 12, 2014
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?
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Is North America’s Energy Boom a Global Game Changer?

Nov 26, 2014
Increases in energy production in Canada and the U.S., combined with promising reforms in Mexico, are creating what some describe as a “North American energy renaissance.” The world’s energy equation is changing, with more developments on the way. What are the implications of traditional energy producers becoming consumers and consumers becoming producers? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
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U.S. Trade Strategy: Goals and Priorities

Nov 25, 2014
From adding jobs and protecting the environment to building relationships and attempts to “rebalance” toward the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. trade agreements play a vital role. Ambassador Michael Froman, the nation’s 11th United States Trade Representative, provides context on trade strategy and the overall health of America’s trade equation.

Western Competition for Asian Markets is Heating Up

Nov 21, 2014
Wilson Center Public Policy Nicola Casarini authored an opinion piece in The National Interest. The article, entitled “Western Competition for Asian Markets is Heating Up,” discusses the Western pivot to Asia.

US-China Relations After APEC: The nature of Sino-American relations is rapidly changing. And that’s a good thing.

Nov 18, 2014
"Overall, China’s rise to greater regional power and America’s loss of global hegemon status are inevitable. The only real question is whether that transition will lead to more cooperation between a China and U.S. who increasingly share responsibility for major global issues, or to conflict," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

Daily News on Issues Affecting Africa for November 5, 2014

Nov 05, 2014
Continue reading for a summary of recent news stories relating to some of the most pressing issues on the continent. We draw on a wide range of respected news sources, both from Africa itself and around the world. The themes of today’s In the News post are: whispers of secession in Nigeria, Eskom controversy in South Africa, Tanzania’s low fuel prices, more in Pistorius, business between Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa, African leaders in talks in Burkina Faso, and the worsening situation in Sierra Leone.

Latin America’s Multilatinas: Foreign Investment Explodes

Oct 27, 2014
This article provides a concise summary of the new report "La explosión de la inversión exterior Latinoamericana: tendencias y evolución reciente de las multilatinas" from the Latin American Program.

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

Oct 27, 2014
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.

Can Oil Sanctions Push Russian Economy Into Recession?

Oct 22, 2014
"It [Russia] is facing a lower price for oil. It is confronting a rising Ruble. In a diverse economy, you could take advantage of such circumstances, but Russia doesn't have a diverse economy and it won't be able to," says Will Pomeranz.

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