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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Energy and Climate Change: World Energy Outlook Special Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Treaties

http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2015SpecialReportonEnergyandClimateChange.pdf

Presents a detailed assessment of the energy sector impact of known and anticipated national climate pledges prior to the Paris, December 2015 climate summit, proposes a strategy to deliver a near-term peak in global energy-related GHG emissions, stresses the need to balance energy systems with climate goals, and recommends 4 pillars for COP21 success.  From the International Energy Agency

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leveling the Playing Field

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-Tariff-Information-by-Sector-6115.pdf

Argues that the proposed trade agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will provide an opportunity to work for lower tariff levels among participating Asian countries.   From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

2015 Special 301 Report

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

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf

Annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world.  The report identifies a wide range of concerns especially with practices in China, India, Russia, and Brazil.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Treaties

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf

Explains the basics of trade promotion authority, formerly called fast track, that lays out U.S. trade negotiating objectives, procedures for congressional-executive notification, and expedited legislative procedures under which such bills are considered.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2015 Section 1377 Review on Compliance with Telecommunications Trade Agreements

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Section-1377-Report_FINAL.pdf

Annual report on American telecommunications trade which identifies the major trade barriers faced by U.S. service and equipment suppliers.  Also identifies issues to be targeted for enforcement efforts.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Foreign Affairs,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2015/index.htm

Volume 1 covers Drug and Chemical Control, while Volume 2 covers Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.  From the State Department

NAFTA at 20: North America’s Free-Trade Area and Its Impact on Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Canada,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics,Treaties

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1764579/wrs-15-01.pdf

Examines the integration of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican  agricultural and food markets as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Also reviews important changes in production and consumption and recent disputes among the partners. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Treaties

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2015/544564/EXPO_BRI%282015%29544564_EN.pdf

Provides a series of links to and summaries of policy papers relating to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  The papers cover such issues as impact of the partnership on agriculture, employment, the environment, food safety, and more.  From the European Parliament

 

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