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By Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com, where Ben Heineman is a frequent contributor) The horrific death of more than 900 Bangladesh garment workers in the collapse of a building, following the death of 112 garment … Continue reading
President Obama has nominated two representatives who will lead US trade talks over the next two years: Michael Froman, former White House economic aide as U.S. Trade Representative and Penny Pritzker, Hyatt scion and Chicago fund raiser as the new Secretary of Commerce. Together their appointments signal America’s new focus on increasing international trade as a stimulus to the domestic economy. The two representatives will deal with proposals for a customs accord with the European Union (TAFTA and an investment agreement) and a commercial union with Pacific nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But the new stress on trade represents a more profound reorientation than just a new way of seeking economic development. It underscores America’s undiminished power of attraction to other countries in both international politics and economics.
By Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (This article first appeared in Harvard Business Review Blog Network, where Ben Heineman is a frequent contributor) In President Obama’s second term, the United States has an ambitious and challenging Atlantic and Pacific trade agenda … Continue reading
By Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com, where Ben Heineman is a frequent contributor) Labor markets have for the past quarter century been at the center of the globalization disputes under the “off-shoring and out-sourcing” rubric. … Continue reading
By Justin Dargin (This article first appeared in Petroleum Economist) Computer screens at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) indicate to anxious personnel that a massive Soviet attack is under way. Hundreds of bombers, nuclear-tipped inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) … Continue reading
By Ehud Eiran Former Associate and Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs In a March 19 piece on Foreign Affairs. com, Retired Admiral Yual Zur and I argued for the development of a comprehensive … Continue reading
By Kei Koga. (This article first appeared in Asia Times Online) Since the end of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has engaged the outside world to play an active security role within greater East Asia. … Continue reading
By Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com, where Ben Heineman is a frequent contributor) The contrast was striking. In his State of the Union address, President Obama buried the start of a U.S.-E.U. free trade negotiations … Continue reading
By Hui Zhang Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, and a number of seismic stations around the … Continue reading
By Scott Moore The very phrase “world peace” has become something of a synonym for naiveté. Yet in recent years, compelling evidence has emerged to suggest that at least one important aspect of world peace, the absence or rarity of … Continue reading