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Trade Watch 2017

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Follow Email It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention that several developments of 2016 will bear fruit in 2017. Trade Watch 2017 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: Brexit: Britain must act on its vote to leave the European Union. January 17, (2017) Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her 12-point plan for doing so. It includes negotiation of a new, bold, and ambitious free trade...

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Trump Trade Policy: A Preview

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Global markets initially reeled in response to Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. They have since recovered, but a preview of Trump trade policy helps to explain the initial nervousness. Protectionism In his trade platform to “make America great again”, Mr. Trump promised, among other things, to take the following steps: Strengthen trade enforcement by applying tariffs on goods from countries that...

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U.S. Presidential Candidates on Trade

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email With the election about a month away, we use this post to take a look at the U.S. Presidential candidates on trade. Hillary Clinton on Trade Hillary Clinton as President will continue the general course of President Obama’s foreign trade policy. This course has focused on three main issues: Expanding market access through trade agreements; Enforcing trade rules in favor of US businesses; and Expanding exports through his...

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President Obama’s Trade Policy for 2012 and Beyond, Part II

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email Our last post began a two-part examination of President Obama’s trade policy which highlights three areas: Expanding market access through trade agreements Enforcing trade rules in favor of US businesses Expanding exports through an SME Initiative and the National Export Initiative Part I assessed the Obama Administration’s performance in expanding market access. This post discusses the two other components of the...

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President Obama’s Trade Policy for 2012 and Beyond, Part I

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email As President for the past 3 years and 9 months (as of September, 2012), President Obama leaves a track record that allows interested observers to assess his accomplishments on trade and what his trade policy will be if he is re-elected. As required by law and following the practice of his predecessors, since 2009 the Obama Administration has made public an annual document which reports on accomplishments for the previous year...

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Mitt Romney on Trade

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Follow Email With Mitt Romney about to accept the nomination to be the 2012 Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, this seems an appropriate time to revisit the issue raised in a previous post about the trade platforms, or lack thereof, of the four main candidates in the Republican primary. As I indicated then, Mitt Romney’s platform most clearly articulated a direction for his trade policy.  This is briefly outlined on his...

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