Trade and Development News

Japan Takes Center Stage

Apr 24, 2015
"When Prime Minister Abe took office at the end of 2012, he had two major goals: (1) shake the Japanese economy out the zombie-like state it had been in for 20 years, and (2) make Japan a 'normal' country with armed forces that could play an active role in support of Japanese interests...On the 'normal country' front he needed to rewrite the terms of the alliance with the United States so that Japan can become an active partner, not just a passive bystander. That is why the 'Defense Guidelines' will be major theme of Abe’s address to Congress," writes Marvin Ott.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

Apr 21, 2015
"A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation." writes James F. Collins.

A Preview: Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the U.S.

Apr 17, 2015
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the US, he will be the first Japanese head of state to address Congress in 54 years. We spoke with Shihoko Goto to learn more about plans and expectations for the Prime Minister’s visit.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition: Infographic

Apr 15, 2015
This infographic discusses trends and initiatives on the U.S.-Mexico border. The facts are drawn from the Mexico Institute's publication "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition."
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A Conversation with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Apr 13, 2015
After two terms, Jakaya Kikwete will conclude his time as President of Tanzania later this year. He Visited the Wilson Center for a conversation that included reflection on his time in office, thoughts on Tanzania's progress and challenges, and that also provided a preview of his post-presidency plans. That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.

IDB creates new institution for private sector operations

Mar 27, 2015
Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted on the Inter-American Development Bank’s consolidation of private sector operations.
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U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue: A Progress Report

Mar 26, 2015
The U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue was launched in 2013 by President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto. It is intended to provide a strategic vision for cooperation between the two countries that moves the discussion about the border beyond security issues by unleashing still untapped economic potential between the two neighbors. We spoke with Chris Wilson to check in on how the plan is progressing. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Eric Olson's Testimony Before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Mar 25, 2015
Securing the Border: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Central American Migration to the United States

How to Boost Border Competitiveness? Just Ask the Folks There.

Feb 10, 2015
Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee discuss seven ideas to strengthen competitiveness at the U.S.-Mexico border. These ideas are drawn from a compilation of 27 ways to strengthen border competitiveness, outlined in the report "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition."

Better Late than Never: Lessons Learned from Mexican Truck Drivers in the United States

Feb 02, 2015
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.

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