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What are the implications of growing Pakistan-China commercial relations for the United States?

Asked by Monish Gulati, from New Delhi, India

The first foreign leader to visit Pakistan following its recent elections was the prime minister of China, signifying the close relations between the two countries. During the visit, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari said, "Our top priority is to further strengthen economic linkages."

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What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of the proposed U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement?

Asked by Bill Wanlund
Author: Robert Kahn

A U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could provide a significant boost to U.S. jobs, growth and trade. Conversely, the primary pitfall to the agreement would be if it caused a retreat from multilateralism, divert trade trom emerging markets and weaken institutions such as the World Trade Organization.

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Effects of Investment Treaties in the Global South

Speaker: Lori Wallach
Presider: Terra Lawson-Remer

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, discusses investment treaties, their implications for policies to promote financial stability and sustainable use of natural resources, and the flaws of the arbitration system used by investors and nations to settle conflicts, with a focus on the global south.

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The Tobacco Wars: International Trade Disputes and Tobacco Control (Audio)

Speakers: The Honorable Carlos Gianelli Derois and Joshua Sharfstein
Presider: Thomas Bollyky

Ambassador Carlos Gianelli Derois and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein discuss the challenges that governments face in balancing international trade and tobacco control objectives and the increasing number of trade disputes involving tobacco control that have arisen under bilateral investment treaties (BIT) and at the WTO.

This meeting is part of the Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series, which provides a forum for U.S. policymakers, academics, and other prominent experts to evaluate the most pressing health and development challenges afflicting low- and middle-income countries. The series explores best practices and potential solutions from the field's leading thinkers and serves to educate and engage CFR's influential membership.

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U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (Audio)

Speakers: Matthew J. Slaughter and William F. Owens
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Matthew J. Slaughter, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for business and globalization, and William F. Owens, senior fellow at University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies and former governor of Colorado, discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy.

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