Global Trade and the Americas

  • Matthews in The Hill: Trump-EU olive branch a laudable first step in a long process


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  • Conference Call: New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: What does it mean for US Trade with Mexico, Canada and the European Union?

    On Thursday, May 31, 2018 President Trump’s administration imposed new steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and European Union; three of the US’ closest allies. The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program held a conference call the following day to discuss the regional and international implications of the tariffs. Below is the full audio recording and summary.

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  • TRADE in ACTION - April 13, 2017

    This week in TradeinAction: After concluding his multi-day meeting with President Xi Jinping of China, President Trump  made many important policy reversals such as ceasing to advocate for the designation of China as a "currency manipulator" and voicing support for the Export-Import Bank. After many rounds of reforms, the International Monetary Fund has agreed to unlock new funds as part of the Greek debt relief program while a new WTO Trade Forecastexpects trade recovery in 2017 and 2018, amid policy uncertainty.

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  • TTIP&TRADEinAction - March 17, 2016

    Malmstrom Froman War Room
    Photo Credit: @MalmstromEU
    EC Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman held a meeting in Washington, DC this last week with lead negotiators Dan Mullaney and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Michael Punk, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and others to gauge the current status of negotiations and the way ahead.
     

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    From March 17-19, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and  Deputy United States Trade Representative Michael Punke will travel to Belgium for the German
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  • Leaders Make the Case for Trade

    On February 5, key US administration, Congressional, and other leaders joined the Atlantic Council to discuss how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be a game-changer for both the United States and its partners across the hemisphere. Congressman Dave Reichert opened the session with his first public address of 2015 on the trade agenda, followed by a discussion with Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan Selig, Ambassador of Chile to the United States Juan Gabriel Valdés, FedEx Managing Director of Trade and International Affairs Ralph Carter, and the Financial Times’ World Trade Editor Shawn Donnan. The event was co-hosted by the Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Centerand the Global Business and Economics Program, presented in partnership...
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  • TTIP Action | December 2

     

    Donald Tusk Takes Office as President of the European Council
    "Both we and the Americans are responsible for the future of our relations. The year ahead will be crucial."
    On December 1, former prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk replaced Herman van Rompuy as the President of the European Council. At the handover ceremony, he stressed Europe's need for success. More specifically, he called for a commitment to protect the EU fundamental values of freedom and solidarity, the preservation of unity of the European Union against internal and external threats, strong determination to end the economic crisis, and strong support for neighboring countries. In addition, he wishes for a stronger international stand of the European Union, and stresses the importance of transatlantic relations as the "backbone of democracy" in both the United States and the European Union. In this light, new Council

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  • Natural Gas: A New Hope for TPP

    Though squabbles over automobiles and agricultural products appear to have stalled negotiations for the time being, all hope for a deal is far from lost. Indeed, there is one issue that might prove the lynchpin of concluding negotiations: energy. A free trade agreement that includes an element of national treatment of liquefied natural gas has the propensity to open the floodgates of trade in the energy market between the two countries. Here is the story of how it might happen.


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  • Natural Gas: A New Hope for TPP

    Though squabbles over automobiles and agricultural products appear to have stalled negotiations for the time being, all hope for a deal is far from lost. Indeed, there is one issue that might prove the lynchpin of concluding negotiations: energy. A free trade agreement that includes an element of national treatment of liquefied natural gas has the propensity to open the floodgates of trade in the energy market between the two countries. Here is the story of how it might happen.


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  • What is causing the TPP bottleneck? A View from Japan

    A year after Japan enthusiastically joined Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a comprehensive agreement is still nowhere in sight. From the Japanese perspective, the gridlock appears to be related to disagreements between Japan and the United States over agriculture and automobiles. This seems puzzling at first glance, given that both countries’ leaders have spoken eloquently about the benefits of striking a bargain. Japan’s entry into TPP talks last year was spurred largely by Abenomics, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three pronged approach boost Japan’s competitiveness (often referred to as the “three arrows”) that include monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms. A key component of the structural reform agenda includes increased involvement in international trade pacts, most notably TPP. All signs, it seems, would point toward a swift conclusion to TPP talks. Hope was still in the air as President Barack Obama visited Prime Minister Abe in April that a deal...
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  • A Twenty-First-Century Trade Agreement: Who Could Benefit?

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) began in 2004 as an inter-regional effort by four countries on the Pacific Rim to liberalize trade and investment. Ten years later it has grown to twelve member countries that represent 40 percent of global GDP, 26 percent of global trade, and 40 percent of US trade. It is the first major "twenty-first-century" trade negotiation encompassing not only tariffs and quotes but also new areas like regulatory cooperation, competition policy, environment and labor, and trade in digital goods and services. Find out what's at stake for the United States, who could benefit from TPP, and key sticking points of the agreement in the Atlantic Council's infographic.

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