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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

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume VI, Soviet Union, October 1986-January 1989

Categories: Arms Control,Communism,Foreign Affairs,History,Russia,Treaties

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1981-88v06

The second of four bilateral volumes on the Soviet Union.  Focuses on arms control negotiations, especially the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).  From the Office of the Historian of the State Department

 

Can the President Withdraw From the Paris Agreement?

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/withdraw.pdf

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement intended to reduce the effects of climate change by maintaining global temperatures well below 2 degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial levels. This report reviews the rules that govern withdrawal from international agreements and treaties and how these rules apply to the Paris Agreement. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Trade and Finance: Overview and Issues for the 115th Congress

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44717.pdf

Reviews major actions on international trade by the 114th Congress and major issues to be considered by the 115th Congress including the effect of international trade agreements on U.S. jobs and the economy, the future of U.S. trade policy with Asia and Europe, and whether to renegotiate or withdraw from existing trade agreements such as NAFTA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report of the Special Task Force on Interrogation and Transfer Policies

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/2009_report_special_task_force_interrogation_and_transfer_policies/download

2009 report which directed the Task Force to evaluate whether the interrogation techniques in the Army Field Manual when employed by agencies outside the military serve as an appropriate means to acquire the intelligence necessary to protect the nation and to also study the practice of transferring  individuals to other nations to ensure that such measures are not used for purposes of torture or to circumvent U.S. international obligations.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Justice Department

 

U.S. Detention Policy Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/2012_detention_policy_report/download

2012 report which describes the legal basis for U.S. policy as it applies to current and future terrorism detainees.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Department of Justice

 

 

Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/Legal_Policy_Report.pdf

Citing long-standing U.S. adherence to international legal standards for waging war with due regard for humanitarian considerations, and prior to turning over governing authority to an administration which has vowed to use harsher measures, the Obama administration released this lengthy compendium of legal opinions, executive orders and military directives which guided its actions toward, among other things, use of drones and treatment of captured terrorists.  From the White House.

 

 

U. S. Trade with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Partners

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44044.pdf

Presents data on U.S. merchandise trade with trade agreement partners, including trade balances with individual trade partners and groups, Also discusses the issues involved in using bilateral trade balances as a standard for measuring the economic effects of a particular FTA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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