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Understanding U.S. Tariff Actions: Two Sides of the Coin

  The U.S. Administration has announced yet another investigation which could result in tariffs – this time on automobiles. Given the recent flurry of trade actions, it would be understandable if they all started to blend together in the mind of observers. That would be unfortunate. It is important to understand that there are distinct […]

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Energizing U.S. Oil and Gas Exports to China

Against a backdrop of high profile trade and investment disputes between the United States and China, American hydrocarbon exports to China are booming. U.S. energy commodity exports to China went from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $8.6 billion in 2017.

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Trade Promotion Authority: Driving Trade Deals on the Fast Track to Congressional Approval

A May 17 NAFTA deadline has been in the news. That's because Congressional leaders have advised the Trump administration that the deal needs to get done soon in order to have a vote on NAFTA 2.0 in this Congress under so-called “fast track” voting procedures. There are all sorts of steps on the timeline built into the Trade Promotion Authority legislation (TPA) for expedited approval of trade agreements. Here’s a short version of the history, context, and essentials of how it all works.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement Faces Hurdles on the Road Ahead

The United States has a long history of advancing the rules-based order and, as a practical matter, has never lost a dispute arising from one of its many investment agreements. But investor-state dispute settlement procedures may not have a future.

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The One Trade Lesson Everyone Should Learn: Smoot-Hawley

In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Bueller's classmates stare blankly, blow bubbles, and fall asleep on their desks as high school teacher Ben Stein (an economist in real life) explains how the United States sank deeper into depression in the early 1930s. As he drones on, asking the students questions — “Anyone? Anyone?" — few of the movie's fans realize he's teaching one of the most important lessons in the history of trade policy: how Congress muffed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930.

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China’s Addiction to Intellectual Property Theft

President Trump just announced $50 billion worth of tariffs and other penalties on China for its theft of intellectual property, technology, and trade secrets. China will not change its behavior absent external pressure -- pushing back against the constant drain from Chinese IP theft is long overdue.

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For the Love of Peeps: The Price We Pay for American Sugar

For many years now, the U.S. Government has implemented a sugar program that ensures sugar producers and refiners get a minimum price for American-grown sugar. It's a hidden tax paid for by Peep-lovers everywhere.

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Retaliation: Why Raising Tariffs Becomes a Food Fight

Although the steel and aluminum tariffs are promoted by the Trump administration as a strategy to seek fairness for those industries, the tariffs will incite retaliation by trading partners, imposing significant costs on large numbers of U.S. producers and consumers who have nothing to do with these industries' grievances.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Who Uses It?

With over 2,500 international investment agreements in force and only a total of 817 known investor-state dispute settlement arbitrations, it's safe to say that the majority of these agreements have operated without a single dispute.

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Steel Industry Illustrates Nuances of Modern Trade

When it comes to steel tariffs, we could be in a trade war -- with ourselves.

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