Economics and Globalization

A North American Workforce Development Agenda: Better Jobs for a More Competitive Region

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Milk Policy and the Opportunities and Challenges of Euro-integration


Ukraine’s small dairy farmers can be seen as something of an indicator group for the success of Kyiv’s Euro-integration efforts. Rural smallholders have only a short time to meet EU agricultural standards, and how Kyiv handles the matter will say much about whether the process of Euro-integration is seen as a boon for the country’s rural poor or simply another chapter in the long socioeconomic decline of the Ukrainian countryside.

With a U.S. Trade War Escalating, Canada’s Stability is Also Its Weakness

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Lifeline, Strings Attached

A month after Argentina’s currency devalued by over 20 percent in less than two weeks and interest rates doubled to 40 percent, the International Monetary Fund agreed to lend Argentina $50 billion. The loan – including an additional $5.6 billion from multilateral development banks – was far larger than analysts expected. This massive stand-by agreement – basically a line of credit – offers Argentina secure financing until the end of 2019. The deal should help ward off another speculative attack on the peso.

“No Collar Economy:” A Conversation on the Future of Work in Argentina

Argentina’s agricultural communities have depended on traditional labor for centuries, but technological advances such as automation, and the growing accessibility of data, have changed that way of life. As a result, Argentines from the countryside feel increasingly powerless, particularly as potential trade agreements promise increased competition. As a result, many of the country’s rural working class have traded villages for urban centers, where they often live in marginalized neighborhoods.

When and Whether National Security Plays a Role in Trade

Arguing the need to preserve national security in justifying taking protectionist action is hardly new. In fact, it can be an effective tool to keep critical industries robust and make sure that otherwise vulnerable sectors remain resilient to hostile bids. What’s more, economic war can be wagered against serious threats that jeopardize national security not through imposing punitive tariffs, but rather by being banned from doing business. The challenge though is to know what tools to use and when, against real threats, rather than imaginary ones. 

Modi’s Vision: ASEAN and Indo-Pacific Security

There was no shortage of topics for discussion among delegates at this year’s iteration of the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) held in Singapore earlier this month, the spotlight was on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who gave his first keynote address to Asia’s premier security summit since it was inaugurated in 2002.