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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Year in Trade 2013: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Statistics,Treaties,United Nations

Reports that U.S. trade in goods and services grew in 2013 but at a slower rate than in 2012 and that the trade deficit fell from $535 billion in 2012 to $475 billion in 2013.  Also reviews U.S. international trade laws and actions under these laws, activities of the World Trade Organization, and developments regarding U.S. free trade agreements.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


Export-Import Bank: Overview and Reauthorization Issues

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

Describes what it is, what it does, and what issues have made its reauthorization controversial among some in Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Digest of United States Practice in International Law: 2013

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

Latest annual volume on U.S. foreign policy and international law.  Features a new chapter on arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation, separated from the chapter on the use of force.  From the State Department


U.S. Foreign Trade in Services: Trends and U.S. Policy Challenges

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

Describes what is meant by services, the importance of services in U.S. foreign trade, and the role of trade negotiations and treaties in overcoming foreign trade barriers.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Summary: North American 2014 HFC Submission to the Montreal Protocol

Categories: Canada,Environment,Mexico,Treaties

The amendment proposal, submitted by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,  is a starting point for discussions to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are being used as replacements for other ozone-depleting substances.  From the State Department


2014 Special 301 Report

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,indonesia,Property Rights,Treaties,Turkey

Annual report on the importance of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Places10 nations on the Priority Watch List and 27 others on the Watch List.  Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey have been listed every year since the reports began 25 years ago.  From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): Frequently Asked Questions

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

Covers what is TPA, why is it necessary, what are trade negotiating objectives, what requirements are imposed on presidential actions, and more.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department


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