Trade and Development News

The U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping Tool

Sep 29, 2015
This interactive map demonstrates the unique binational nature of the border- region economies between the US and Mexico and uses comparable data available on both sides of the border, employing a consistent approach to the length on the U.S.-Mexico border and allowing a comparative view of the unique strengths of each sub-region.

Tracking the Energy Titans: Hidden Trends in the United States, China, and Canada [Infographic]

Sep 14, 2015
“Tracking the Energy Titans,” an interactive infographic from the Wilson Center, draws on data for the United States, China, and Canada to compare national energy trends in consumption, production, imports, exports, and environmental impacts.

China Slowdown Fuels Uncertainties For Chile's Copper Industry, Violent Labor Strife

Sep 01, 2015
Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted in the International Business Times on the effect of China's economic slowdown on the copper industry in Chile.

Infographic | Global Competitiveness: How do the NAFTA Countries Compare?

Aug 05, 2015
The Global Competitiveness Report assess the competitiveness of 144 economies across the global in order to provide insight into the drivers of productivity and prosperity within each country. Based on the data, it seems that thus far the United States and Canada have economies that are far more competitive than that of Mexico, the third piece of the NAFTA puzzle. While Mexico has seen a steady increase in its GDP per capita, it still lags far behind its fellow NAFTA economies. Mexico will need to continue to address its productivity and institutional challenges in order to keep up its encouraging economic momentum.

Why Afghanistan is a Big Winner in the U.S.-Iran Deal

Jul 29, 2015
"[In Afghanistan], the U.S.–Iran deal’s implications are less complicated and largely positive. Afghanistan could be one of the deal’s biggest beneficiaries, and for two major reasons," writes Michael Kugelman.

Dissolving the Export-Import Bank will Hurt US-Africa Relations

Jul 27, 2015
"If not reversed, the Ex-Im Bank’s expiration will hurt U.S. economic relations with Africa, and undermine U.S. credibility in Africa, in three major ways," writes Monde Muyangwa.

President Obama’s Trip to Africa

Jul 21, 2015
"This is a great trip for the President and for Africa because economic development, trade and investment have been a cornerstone for US-Africa engagement under the Obama Administration," says Monde Muyangwa.

How Iran Got What It Wanted From the Nuclear Deal

Jul 18, 2015
"In the agreement announced this week, the Obama administration got what it needed. Iran, however, got what it wanted—and secured the better deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Rouhani. What’s Next?

Jul 17, 2015
"President Rouhani’s approach has been to get crippling sanctions lifted as part of a nuclear deal, revive Iran’s economy, create jobs, and build confidence in the West--–all as a basis to address the other issues," writes Haleh Esfandiari.