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The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

Geopolitical Weekly TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014 – 03:05   By George Friedman The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how … Continue reading

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Renegotiate NAFTA?

The way to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. (The TPP includes the three North American countries as well as other countries through the Asia Pacific region.) At least that was … Continue reading

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Top Two Reasons Why Congress is Slow to Give President Obama Fast Track Authority

There is one thing that the majority of Republican congress members and President Obama agree on–renewal of fast track authority, also referred to as trade promotion authority. That same support has failed to come across the aisle from the majority of … Continue reading

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The Domestic Side of International Trade Negotiations

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The politics of many international negotiations can usefully be conceived as a two-level game. At the national level, domestic groups pursue their interests by pressuring the government to adopt favorable policies and politicians seek power by constructing coalitions among these … Continue reading

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U.S. Negotiations Across the Pacific and Atlantic In Your Backyard

The United States’ efforts to increase exports, boost productivity and gain additional access to foreign markets has resulted in its entry into two large region-wide free trade negotiations. Per the request of one of ITE’s readers, this post will provide … Continue reading

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