The Great Debate

Why the United States is always the loser in any free-trade deal

By Charles R. Morris
April 10, 2015
The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California, January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Is Russia’s conflict with Ukraine really about trade? If so, this might help.

By Christian Friis Bach
March 6, 2015
Ukraine's President Poroshenko is seen on a tv monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live videoconference between Kiev and Strasbourg

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on TV monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live video conference between Kiev and Strasbourg, before a vote on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Twenty years in and bogged down, what’s the way forward for the WTO?

By Michael Froman
January 22, 2015
Delegates speaks arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the WTO in Geneva

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Nov. 27, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Clashes with Russia point to globalization’s end

By Mark Leonard
July 30, 2014

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As the European Union and the United States ramp up their sanctions on Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s plans for retaliation seem to include an attack on McDonald’s. There could not be a more powerful symbol that geopolitics is increasingly undoing the globalization of the world economy.

Why North America is stronger than its parts

By Arturo Sarukhan
February 21, 2014

Twenty years ago NAFTA, the most ambitious free trade agreement negotiation of its time, gave birth to a profound transformation of the economies and the regional value chains of Mexico, the United States and Canada. Trade dramatically changed the relationship between the three countries, though asymmetries of power and economic vitality persist.

Corporate tax reform: California points the way

By Bill Parks
February 10, 2014

The arcane, outdated and inefficient U.S. corporate tax code is costing our country jobs, factories, industries and tens of billions of dollars of badly-needed tax revenue each year.

What unites Democrats? Republicans!

By Bill Schneider
February 7, 2014

Back in 1901, Finley Peter Dunne’s character Mr. Dooley said, “The Dimmycratic Party ain’t on speakin’ terms with itsilf.” Is that happening again now? You might think so, given the talk about a populist revolt on the left.

Don’t let data protection turn into protectionism

By Jim Hagemann Snabe
January 9, 2014

We live in a global, digitally networked world. Cloud, mobile and in-memory technologies are its engines. Our new world has no boundaries; there is a huge potential for growth, employment and new business models. But it also comes with challenges for policy and industry.

Obama: Building trade to build growth

By Edward Alden
December 5, 2013

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades.

Don’t miss the boat on trade facilitation

By Stephen Green and Harold McGraw III
December 3, 2013

Trade ministers open their meeting in Bali Tuesday with the aim of creating a new multilateral trade reform package worth more than $100 billion to the global economy. The deal — focusing on measures to cut red tape at borders — would be a welcome shot in the arm for both global trade and for the World Trade Organization itself.