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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): What Actions Do Not Require Congressional Approval?

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Presidency,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/re-nafta.pdf

Examines the extent to which the executive branch unilaterally renegotiate the trade agreement without further action by Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The United States Officially Withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/1-30-17%20USTR%20Letter%20to%20TPP%20Depositary.pdf

Copy of letter of withdrawal and disavowal of legal obligations from signature of February 2016.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44761.pdf

Examines the legal questions, both domestically and internationally, raised by potential U.S. withdrawal from international agreements.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Presidency,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/23/presidential-memorandum-regarding-withdrawal-united-states-trans-pacific

Directs the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw the U.S. from TPP negotiations and to pursue bilateral trade deals instead.  From the White House

 

2016 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

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

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-China-Report-to-Congress.pdf

Describes the various ways the U.S. is working to hold China to its World Trade Organization commitments, especially in such areas as intellectual property rights enforcement,  the protection of trade secrets, and industrial policies.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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