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Trade Liberalization: Cordell Hull and the Case for Optimism

by Douglas A. Irwin
The news that the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization has broken down in Geneva has made many Americans pessimistic about the future of multilateral trade agreements. In this Center for Geoeconomic Studies Working Paper, Douglas A. Irwin makes the case for optimism and argues that the key to advancing the free-trade cause is political leadership of the sort demonstrated by a heroic but near-forgotten figure, the late secretary of state Cordell Hull of Tennessee. Irwin traces Hull's path through the decades and shows how his legacy lights the way for leaders of both political parties.
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Afghanistan: The Case for Optimism

by Max Boot
Max Boot says a strategy that focuses on defeating the Taliban and reducing the corruption that allows them to thrive can produce victory in Afghanistan.
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Doha - The Last Mile

by Jagdish N. Bhagwati, Arvind Panagariya
In this New York Sun op-ed, Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya make the case for optimism on the Doha Round. A compromise is possible if the U.S. agrees to cap trade-distorting subsidies at a minimum of the current payouts and India agrees to a downscaling of the Special Safeguard Mechanism.
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New America Foundation: Strategic Empathy

by Matt Waldman
"Empathy can provide insights into how other actors are likely to perceive and react to what the United States does, and expose false assumptions that sometimes underpin strategic mistakes.This kind of information is critical as the United States weighs options for action–coercive or otherwise–in Syria, Ukraine and beyond. The case of Afghanistan shows that the human, financial and geopolitical costs are too high for empathy to be ignored."
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As Technological Change Accelerates, Can Policy Keep Up?

with Joel Garreau, Michael Rogers, Lee Brenner
Joel Garreau of the Garreau Group and Michael Rogers of the Practical Futurist join HyperVocal.com's Lee Brenner to discuss the latest advances in information technology and biotechnology and their implications for public policy.
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Stalled by Winter Weather, Economic Growth Projected to Regain Momentum

with Lewis Alexander, Takatoshi Ito, Vincent Reinhart, Sebastian Mallaby
Harsh winter weather appears to have dealt the global economic recovery a temporary setback, but growth is projected to pick up again later this year. Nomura's Lewis Alexander, Takatoshi Ito from the University of Tokyo, and Vincent Reinhart of Morgan Stanley discuss the current state of the global economy with CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.
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Politics and Indo-Pakistani Normalization

by Daniel S. Markey
Indo-Pakistani relations have made small strides toward normalcy but face a period of steep challenges amid leadership changes throughout the region, writes CFR's Daniel Markey.