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Pain Point: Sanctions Starting to Be Felt Everywhere | Forbes

April 12, 2022

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The China Tightrope — And Other Trade Developments That Will Define 2022 | The Hill

February 1, 2022

The second year of the Biden presidency opens with a widening realization that a Democrat-run White House is keeping Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSecond draft order by Trump advisers sought to ask DHS to seize voting machines: report Senate group plows forward with election law changes after Trump remarks National Archives receives Trump records that were ripped apart, taped back together: report MORE’s protectionist trade policies: tariffs on steel, aluminum and Chinese imports; domestic content requirements; and dim prospects for trade talks.Three trends are emerging for the new year. First, countries are increasingly flouting the longstanding international trade regime. Second, trade professional services are being unleashed by the pandemic’s remote-work revolution. Third, multinational

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What Do We Want From Our International Organizations? | Discourse

November 2, 2021

The U.S. trade representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai, was recently in Geneva to express the U.S. position on the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an institution that most people agree needs reform. Tai stated that the U.S. remains committed to the WTO. She cited the 1994 Marrakesh Declaration and Agreement on which the WTO was founded, particularly the recognition that trade should raise living standards, ensure full employment, promote sustainable development, and protect and preserve the environment.
In some ways, it was a relief to hear a Cabinet official confirm the U.S. commitment to the trade body, especially after the tumultuous years of the Trump administration, which had threatened to withdraw the U.S. from

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Biden’s ‘Middle Class Trade Policy’ Requires Openness and More Honesty

August 24, 2021

A headline from a recent federal report stated that the U.S. economy got only small positive effects from four decades of trade deals. By 2017, the total gains amounted to only half a percentage point of GDP, according to the 390-page report from the U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent agency. One reporter even said the ITC report was politically damaging to arguments for freer trade rules.As the Biden administration calls for a trade policy that benefits the middle class, I hope White House officials look beyond this one number. The path forward is still an open economy — what we need is more honesty about the tradeoffs involved.Most economists were not surprised that the aggregate effect appeared small, mostly because the U.S. economy is large relative to our trade flows.

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Book Review: China’s Threat to Openness

December 11, 2020

Christine McDaniel reviews An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order (Yale University Press, 2020) by Rebecca Lissner and Mira Rapp-Hooper. Read more at Discourse.

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Commerce Should Improve the Objection Process for the Section 232 Tariff Exclusion Requests

July 13, 2020

I write today in response to the request by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce for public comment regarding the exclusion process for Section 232 steel and aluminum import tariffs and quotas.
I appreciate the opportunity to submit this public comment on how to improve the tariff exclusion process. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems and to advancing knowledge about the effects of regulation on society. This comment, therefore, does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest group. Rather, it is designed to help policymakers as they consider how to change these policies. Specifically, the comment seeks to help the Department of

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A Pivot to a Services Trade Agenda Can Help Economic Growth

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has restricted people’s physical movement but not the exchange of information, knowledge, and other digitally delivered services. The post-coronavirus future will likely continue to include an ever-expanding range of associated business, professional, and technical services that firms and workers deliver digitally. Policymakers need to expand their focus beyond goods trade to include a trade agenda that embraces US services in the world economy.
Growth in trade in services and digital connections has outpaced merchandise trade for the past 25 years, as advances in information communications technology and digitalization have enabled more services to be delivered remotely over long distances. The pandemic is likely to reinforce this trend. Better measurement tools

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