Trade

Analysis Brief

Crunch Time for Trade

An imminent deadline is putting new pressure on U.S. trade talks. Bipartisan cooperation could help President Bush’s chances of passing deals in South Korea and Latin America.

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Courting WTO Concerns

An urgent push to produce a global trade deal casts light on broader questions about the future of the World Trade Organization.

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The Vietnamese Boom

An economically thriving Vietnam is on the verge of becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member, but a holdup in U.S. Congress threatens to stall Hanoi’s accession bid.

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Zambia's Vote: The China Issue

Zambia’s elections have sparked a heated debate over the presence of Chinese-owned businesses in the country. Incumbent Levy Mwanawasa wins reelection, but opposition protests continue amid Michael Sata's demand for a recount.

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Trade in the Balance

With time running out, top officials are trying to revive the struggling Doha trade round, once touted as salvation for impoverished nations. But some experts say the attention of big powers, reflecting a growing mood of protectionism, has already shifted to smaller bilateral trade deals.

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U.S.-EU Clash of Agendas

President Bush's agenda in Vienna includes Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and trade. But in a lingering sign of trouble in the decades-old partnership, European leaders, pushed by their electorates, say they'll bring up Guantanamo, Haditha, and U.S. renditions of terrorist suspects too.

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Trading Places

With a chill setting in on the Geneva-based world trade talks, the Bush administration has shifted into high gear on negotiating smaller free trade agreements. But there are mixed views on how much the new deals matter and what they are doing to the global trading system.

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Article

Trade, Social Preferences and Regulatory Cooperation

Authors: Thomas J. Bollyky and Petros C. Mavroidis
Columbia Law School, Center for Law and Economic Studies

Global value chains have changed the way that the world trades. The World Trade Organization (WTO) should embrace the confluence of shared social preferences and trade, where it may exist such as digital trade, food and drug safety, and climate smart-agriculture, as a motivation for advancing international regulatory cooperation. To do that, changes to the corporate governance of the WTO are needed to facilitate the use of plurilateral agreements and to multilateralize progress already occurring bilaterally and regionally. 

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Article

Relations in "Kim Jong Un's Era"

Authors: Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun
Comparative Connections

China-South Korea tensions rose with the announcement of the U.S.-South Korea alliance decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea and South Korean protests against illegal Chinese fishing. Exclusive economic zones (EEZs) remain another point of China-South Korea tension. Although China and South Korea seek to advance trade within various frameworks, such efforts only highlight a widening gap between the economic and political aspects of their relationship. Current security priorities require effective approaches to both immediate differences over THAAD and EEZs and longer-term preferences over how to effectively promote lasting stability on the Korean Peninsula, write Snyder and See Won Byun, PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University.

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Article

The TPP Debate Has Devolved Into Generalizations. What’s Actually in the Deal?

Author: Edward Alden
World Politics Review

U.S. President Barack Obama has promised to continue his push for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite firm opposition to the free trade agreement from both of the major candidates for president, including his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. “Right now, I’m the president and I think I’ve got the better argument,” he told reporters following a meeting Tuesday with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

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