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CFIUS: The Intersection of Foreign Investment and National Security

The attractiveness of the U.S. market for FDI reflects the size and strength of the U.S. economy as well as the longstanding U.S. commitment to open markets and the rule of law. The vast majority of FDI occurs on a regular basis in every U.S. state across sectors including manufacturing, financial, and information technologies. But there are cases when foreign investment might carry security implications.

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Trade Illustrated

How is bread traded without a Bread Czar or a Minister for Flour? Inspired by the classic essay, I, Pencil, Professor Russ Roberts of Stanford University, offers an engaging and timeless story to explain the economic processes we benefit from daily without realizing.

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Does China Manipulate its Currency-

Currency Manipulation 101

Currency exchange rates have affected the terms of international trade since the beginning of floating exchange rates, and for nearly as long, politicians have accused trading partners of manipulating exchange rates to gain an unfair advantage. What does it mean to engage in “currency manipulation,” how do governments determine whether and when it happens, and what can be done about it?

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Robert Lighthizer

How to Deal with the Question of China

Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as USTR is still pending but some of his views on China were revealed at his hearing. The WTO may not have all the tools needed to address China's industrial policies so the Trump Administration may look for additional new ones.

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Changing Perspective on Trade in 2017

While the election was not about trade per se, it is clear that new U.S. political leadership and many in the American public would like to look at trade differently – a change in perspective, if you will – including who we do trade deals with, whether trade deficits or surpluses matter, and whether Congress or the Administration is in the driver's seat on trade.

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Global Trade’s Golden Rule: Non-Discriminaton

In life we are taught, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In trade, we are taught the golden rule of non-discrimination.

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Countries Don’t Trade

We can – and do – talk about “America trading with China,” and about “Germany having a comparative advantage in the brewing of beer.” The very notion of “international trade” causes us to miss the essential reality of trade, which is always flesh-and-blood individuals bargaining and exchanging with each other in ways that each person judges to be in his or her best interest.

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Martin Luther King

Breakfast with MLK

In a sermon nearly a half century ago, Dr. King noted the origins of the food he ate that morning—English toast, South American coffee—and observed: “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world.” He was not preaching free trade per se, but Dr. King did offer an important lens through which to view the role of trade in our lives.

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Protesters Rally Against The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

The Death of TPP: What Does it Really Mean?

President-elect Trump announced his intention to formally withdraw the United States from the TPP agreement. So ends seven years of controversial negotiations and intense public debates over the content and anticipated consequences of the pact. Trade goes on -- but other countries will try to fill the leadership space.

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How will Brexit Affect the UK’s Trade Relationships?

The UK has opted to leave the EU. Now it must figure out a new trade architecture for itself that keeps its global commercial relationships in tact.

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