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Trade and Development

Privatization: São Paulo’s Proven Solution for Brazil’s Long-suffering Highway System

In September of this year, a semitrailer driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with five passenger vehicles in the early morning along BR-101 in the Brazilian state of Recife.

New Leadership and Challenges for the IMF

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Meg Lundsager and Shihoko Goto on the International Monetary Fund’s new leadership under Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. We also focus on the tenure of former Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the changing role of the IMF in a shifting global order, and that institution’s biggest worries headed into 2020.


Farm Labor and Mexico's Export Produce Industry

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, along with CIESAS and Migration Dialogue, are pleased to launch a report on farm labor in Mexico’s export produce industry.

Democrats' Clashes with Trump Must Not Imperil Trade with Mexico and Canada

It is increasingly urgent that the United States achieve stability and predictability with its two largest trading partners. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns of a “synchronized global slowdown” powered significantly by trade tensions, and the Institute of International Finance flags 20-year highs in global trade and economic uncertainty. 

“Getting to Yes” on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this year would diminish these threats in North America.

U.S.-Africa Economic Relations at the State Level

Please join the Wilson Center Africa Program for a discussion on “U.S.-Africa Economic Relations at the State Level” on Wednesday, November 6 from 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm in the Wilson Center’s 6th Floor Auditorium. A reception will follow the event from 4:15 pm to 4:45 pm. This event will focus on economic relations between African countries and individual U.S. states. The event will feature U.S.

Calling For a Multilateral Approach to Tackle Political Risk

From ongoing trade wars to monetary policy hitting a wall, the outlook for the global economy is hardly rosy. But following its annual meeting in Washington, the International Monetary Fund was quick to point out the rocky road ahead limited what could actually be done to prevent the slowdown from escalating further. The convening power of the IMF, bringing together central bankers and finance ministers from across the world, remains indisputable. Yet how the IMF and other international financial institutions may be able to preempt the risks ahead remain unclear at best.

A Conversation with Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host a conversation with Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, on fiscal policy, labor reforms, and economic development in Mexico.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Mead Treadwell

Mead Treadwell shared his thoughts on the symposium’s growing international influence and the tough questions it tries to answer. He highlights the opportunities and challenges that the Arctic holds in feeding, fueling, and connecting the world. Treadwell is the former Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska, and the former Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission.

Japan's Global Economic Leadership Beyond the G20

Over the past two years, Japan has emerged as a global leader in forging ahead with multilateral trade agreements, and as such taking on a greater role in ensuring that free, fair, and open markets prevail. At the same time, there are growing expectations for Japan to take on a larger role that goes beyond trade to ensure economic stability worldwide, and act as a global stabilizer amid growing uncertainties.

Taiwan’s Economic Momentum for Regeneration

Uncertainties abound regarding trade relations between the United States and China, as the causes of tensions range from frustration over trade imbalances to grievances about adhering to the rule of law. But equally unsettling is the fact that it is difficult to predict which side may actually emerge victorious in the end. In fact, the question may well be which country will be able to hedge its losses more rather than coming out ahead in the end.