Trade and Development News

Hopes for free trade pact to kick Asian economies into shape

Mar 28, 2013
Joining what is expected to be the world's biggest trade pact can be a mixed blessing, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in an op-ed published by United Press International.

Is Social Entrepreneurship the Key to Ending Poverty?

Mar 21, 2013
Social entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market. The term embraces a range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that has significant potential and hope for addressing global poverty. In this Context interview, Oxford University professor and author Paul Collier describes the latest innovations and alternative solutions to meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.

Latin American Program in the News: President, what did you do in your first 100 days?

Mar 21, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson comments on the first 100 days of some of the region's presidents, highlighting how they endeavored to differentiate themselves from prior administrations via innovative policies and a change in diplomatic tone (In Spanish).

Taking Stock of the Pakistan-India Trade Relationship

Mar 20, 2013
A new publication examines the state of the Pakistan-India trade relationship, and what must be done to normalize it.

Report: Female Workforce Participation 25 Percent in Mideast

Mar 15, 2013
Women in the Middle East and North Africa are more educated than ever before, but their participation in the workface is 25 percent – about half of the world average, according to a new report by the World Bank. “Often what stands between women and jobs are legal and social barriers,” said Manuela Ferro, Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in the MENA region. But even some educated women lack the relevant skills currently in demand.

Latin American Program in the News: Ahmadinejad's hug and the Future of Chavez's Alliance

Mar 13, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson on the independence and dependency of regional countries on Venezuela.

Task Force Urges Joint U.S.-Mexico Approach to Border - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 08, 2013
“Look at the example of drugs and weapons smuggling,” Wilson says. “There are drug demand issues on the U.S. side, but there are weapons demand issues on the Mexican side, where there are also rule-of-law issues and violence. The task force sought ways to share responsibility and work together to confront these interconnected problems.”

Latin American Program in the News: Pese a las expulsiones, EE.UU. esperaría una mejora en las relaciones con Maduro

Mar 08, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the future of U.S.-Venezuela relations in a post-Chávez era and the likelihood of closer bi-national ties under a Maduro-led administration. (In Spanish)

Mexico’s booming auto parts business - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 07, 2013
“The businesses that are affected by security issues are generally the small businesses, the mom-and-pop operations,” says Christopher Wilson, an economist at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute. “If someone is going to try to extort a business, they’re not going after a company like Audi that has layers of protection.”

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Mar 05, 2013
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline is April 30, 2013.

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