Two Years

Photo Dr. JacksonI cannot believe that it has been exactly two years since this blog was created. In the fall of 2010, I mentioned to a friend that I wanted to start a blog, even though I did not have a clue as to how to begin. With a little bit of research, International Trade Examiner was founded in June 2011. Two years later, International Trade Examiner is still growing as a significant tool for keeping up with and understanding what is happening in the global economy.

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Below is a summary of ITE’s progress over these past two years.


Nominated for the International Studies Blogging Award in the Most Promising New Blog category

Loyal Followers

33 e-mail subscribers + 2 subscribers following all comments (up from only 8 in Jan. 2012 and 24 in Dec. 2012)

36 Facebook fans (up from 31 in Dec. 2012)

202 Twitter followers today (up from about 11 in June 2012)

Geographic Reach

Attracted readers from all over the world from countries such as Mexico, Zimbabwe, China, Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa

Coverage of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections 

The blog received positive feedback about the analysis of the 2012 U.S. presidential candidates’ views and/or record on international trade. You can review all posts from the primaries to the actual election cycle.

The most encouraging were the comments received about the substance of the video posts.

New Features

International Trade Examiner serves as a great resource for students and researchers with its Economic Data page.

Also, a number of video posts have been added. Check out my video commentaries.

My published research on the influence of small states on negotiations within the World Trade Organization and specific free trade agreements can be found on the Published Work page.

Finally, check out some of the recommended books on the right hand column under the Welcome message.

This, indeed, has been a great two years.


About Dr. Sarita D. Jackson

is the President and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade, a think-tank/consulting firm that examines trade policies and their impact on domestic businesses. Prior to heading GRIIT, Dr. Jackson was a tenured associate professor of political science in North Carolina and worked as a trade policy consultant for an Arlington-based consulting firm. She has participated in trade policy projects and conducted research on free trade negotiations in Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. Dr. Jackson has also traveled to Chile and Argentina to study their political systems and economic integration policies.
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2 Responses to Two Years

  1. David Gant says:

    Congratulations! Bigger and better things ahead.

    • Dr. Sarita D. Jackson says:

      Thank you so much! I look forward to continuing to grow the number of followers and expanding the blog. Feel free to share with others and/or your ideas on how to improve the blog. Thanks again for supporting International Trade Examiner.

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