Trade and Economics
- NewsletterApr 24, 2015
Much ink has been spilled on the Obama administration’s bungled response to China’s proposed new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Most commentators have criticized the administration for making much ado about nothing. I disagree: important policy issues were at stake.
- ReportApr 23, 2015
Across the United States, individuals and small businesses are increasingly buying and selling goods and services online. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total value of online transactions in the United States grew from $3 trillion in 2006 to $5.4 trillion in 2012, about a third of U.S. GDP. Increasingly, these transactions are cross border. By 2017, a third of U.S.
- Critical QuestionsBy Scott Miller, Amy Jean Studdart and Paul NadeauApr 22, 2015
On April 22, the Senate Finance Committee will begin marking up legislation sponsored by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR) that would grant trade promotion authority (TPA) to the president, giving him the capacity to negotiate free trade agreements on Congress’s behalf. TPA is seen by many, including U.S.
- ReportApr 17, 2015
What benefits does private-sector development provide to the United States? When the government facilitates connections between the U.S. private sector and the private sectors of developing countries, what does the United States get out of it?
- NewsletterBy Phuong NguyenApr 16, 2015
As President Barack Obama and his team seek to shore up the rebalance to Asia in the president’s final year in office, it makes sense for them to devote more energy to relations with Thailand. Bilateral ties have been strained since the military takeover in Thailand in May 2014.
- CommentaryBy Andrew C. Kuchins, Aitolkyn KourmanovaApr 14, 2015
The Obama administration recently completed a review of its policy towards Central Asia and has rolled out the main pillars of the United States’ "Enduring Vision for Central Asia" in a series of recent speeches by top officials.
- CommentaryBy Greg HicksApr 7, 2015
Strengthening the ability of U.S. investment agreements to protect the environment has been a bipartisan policy goal for over a decade.
- Critical QuestionsBy Scott Kennedy, David A. ParkerApr 3, 2015
On March 28, China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), released a new action plan outlining key details of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Chinese president Xi Jinping has made the program a centerpiece of both his foreign policy and domestic economic strategy.
- NewsletterApr 2, 2015
The first half of the Budget Session of Parliament concluded on March 20. The Budget itself, as we predicted, was not a muscular reform package (the Budget’s role as a reform tool tends to be wildly overestimated). However, in the last two weeks of Parliament, the government passed critical economic reforms in three other areas.
- NewsletterApr 2, 2015
It is nearly impossible to overestimate the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the United States.