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2017 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2017%20Special%20301%20Report%20FINAL.PDF

Annual report on global trade developments relating to intellectual property protection and enforcement.  Also identifies nations which the U.S. considers to have harmful records on protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Mexico’s Free Trade Agreements

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R40784.pdf

80% of Mexico’s exports go to the U.S.  This report covers Mexico’s efforts to diversify trade partners with 11 free trade agreements involving 46 countries.  Also covers the implications of this diversity for U.S. interests. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

A Steely Look at Steel: Commerce Directed to Prioritize Investigation of the Effects of Steel Imports on National Security

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Manufacturing,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/steel.pdf

Takes a skeptical look at the president’s demand for an investigation into the national security implications of steel imports.  Examines how such investigations proceed, what factors will be examined, and why steel is often the target of such inquiries. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase: Legal Under International Law

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Syria,Treaties,United Nations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/airbase.pdf

Provides a brief overview of the legality of the U.S. missile strike on Syria under international law and U.S. obligations under the UN Charter.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Brexit: Red Lines and Starting Principles

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7938/CBP-7938.pdf

Summarizes the starting points of the UK and EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process by which Britain proposes to leave the European Union.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7938

 

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44777.pdf

The newest international trade agreement which entered into force on February 22, 2017.  It aims to simplify trade procedures to reduce the costs of trade.  This report provides an overview of the TFA, its provisions, U.S. implementation, and options for Congress to consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iran Policy and the European Union

Categories: Arms Control,European Union,Iran,Nuclear Arms,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN10656.pdf

Observations on current U.S. and European Union attitudes toward the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran regarding development of nuclear capabilities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/reports/2017/AnnualReport/AnnualReport2017.pdf

Outlines the Trump administration’s four trade priorities: promoting U.S. sovereignty, enforcing U.S. trade laws, expanding goods and services exports, and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights.  Cites preference for bilateral rather than multilateral treaties, and skepticism toward the value of the World Trade Organization.   Includes an annex listing trade agreements entered into by the U.S. since 1984.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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