Backgrounders

Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

The Future of U.S. Trade Policy

Author: James McBride

The United States is currently pursuing two of the largest trade deals in history, the Asia-focused Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but concerns persist over the effects of trade on employment, inequality, national sovereignty, and safety standards.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations

Authors: Danielle Renwick and Brianna Lee

The United States and Cuba are moving toward normalization of relations for the first time in more than fifty years. This Backgrounder looks at the complicated relationship and ongoing challenges.

See more in Cuba; Diplomacy and Statecraft