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    Time to Boost Free Trade Closer to Home

    America’s free trade agreements in Latin America are a major opportunity. But even though the new U.S.–Panama free trade agreement went into effect on October 31, potentially creating up to 7,000 new jobs, the United States still seems to forget about our friendly neighbors close to home. Talk of pivoting … More

    Looking for Black Friday Deals?

    Would it surprise you to know that many of the Black Friday items for sale that cause so much frenzy are highly overpriced due to tariffs? Black Friday, of course, is the day when hundreds of people wait outside of stores hours ahead of their opening to get a steal … More

    Thankful for Trade: It Saves People from Starving

    Thousands of people are not starving to death in Michigan. This shocking development comes despite one of the worst harvests in memory. With little produce being gathered from local orchards and fields, some feared the worst. But despite the drought, grocery stores had full shelves and reasonable prices. The miracle … More

    Japan's Post-WWII Recovery Can Be a Lesson for the World

    Although Japan is now best remembered for two decades of economic stagnancy, its post-war development plan can still serve as a model for emerging countries and economies recovering from crisis. This notion was on display in October, when, for the first time since 1964, Tokyo hosted the annual meetings of … More

    Free Trade Leadership: Not Made in America

    Later this month, China and 15 other nations will begin negotiations for a possible new trade agreement. This agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, could encompass 28 percent of the global economy, to the benefit of all nations involved. These negotiations reflect a worldwide trend of bilateral and multilateral trade … More

    Russia Trade Bill Provides Opportunity for Bipartisanship

    Elected officials will face many contentious issues affecting economic and foreign policy during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress and heading into 2013. However, one issue on which they should be able to work together is extending permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia. Russia officially joined the World Trade … More

    U.S.–Panama Free Trade Agreement Coming into Force—Five Years Later

    On October 31, nearly five years after being signed by both nations, a free trade agreement between the United States and Panama will finally be entering into force. Five years ago, there was no iPad, the unemployment rate was under 5 percent, and the Tea Party was still an 18th … More

    Chart of the Week: Major Benefits of Free Trade

    Nations that embrace international trade enjoy significantly stronger economies, achieve lower rates of hunger, and maintain a better stewardship of the environment, according to new data published by Heritage for the forthcoming Index of Economic Freedom. There are, of course, other factors that contribute to such positive trends. But international … More

    Debate on Trade: It Isn't Just About How Many Cases You Bring to the WTO

    Trade policy with China was again front and center in last night’s presidential debate, with President Obama defending his Administration’s trade policies. In particular, the President highlighted the number of cases his Administration has prosecuted at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as his signature trade achievement: [We] set up a … More

    Debate Prep: America's Role in the World

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More