Trade and Development News

Infographic: Mexico's Path Towards a Competitive Economy

Jun 30, 2015
This infographic depicts Mexico's path towards a competitive economy and is drawn from our report "A Mandate for Mexico," by Lucy Conger.

The Obama-Rousseff Meeting: What’s on the Agenda?

Jun 24, 2015
Given the current recession and political climate in Brazil, President Rousseff's upcoming visit to the United States could lay the groundwork for restored prosperity in both its economy and relationship with the United States. In this episode of TRENDING, Brazil Institute Director Paulo Sotero provides an overview of Rousseff's objectives and discusses the potential effects of the meeting on both countries as well as the global community.

Los acuerdos con China mantienen a Chile en la vanguardia, pero la competencia es fuerte

Jun 21, 2015
Jorge Heine, Latin American Program Global Fellow, is quoted in this article about Chile-China trade agreements. This article is in Spanish.

TPP Update: Can President Obama’s Trade Agenda Be Saved?

Jun 17, 2015
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Kent Hughes responds to the question, “Can TPP be saved?”

What Putin Should Say in St. Petersburg

Jun 17, 2015
"The Kremlin's future direction on Ukraine will inevitably have either a positive or negative impact on economic ties with the West. Turning to a positive page will not only allow consideration of lifting Western-imposed sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions, but also could set the stage for renewed positive economic engagement," writes Jan H. Kalicki.

The Impact of the IMF: Economic Stability or Moral Hazard?

Jun 17, 2015
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow Meg Lundsager testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on June 17, 2015, regarding the importance of approving the 2010 IMF reforms.

What Happened to the Trade Deal?

Jun 12, 2015
"Niccolo Machiavelli wrote way back when that it is much safer for a leader to be feared than loved if he cannot be both. With the House defeat Friday of the fast-track trade package, largely thanks to Democratic votes, it appears that President Barack Obama may no longer be either with members of his own Party," writes Linda Killian.

Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border 2015 Conference

Jun 04, 2015
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute will host its second annual high-level conference on the topic of “building a competitive U.S.-Mexico border.” Issues from infrastructure and transportation to energy and innovation will be on the agenda, with participants expected to include Senator John Cornyn and Ambassador Alejandro Estivill. We spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, and he provides a preview of the conference in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Doubts Persist Over Mexican Contract Terms: Will the Government Get it Right in Time?

Jun 04, 2015
A few weeks after the electorate takes to the polls, the government faces another, more demanding examination of its most important achievement thus far: the opening of the nation´s hydrocarbons industry to private and foreign investment, when companies submit bids on the first batch of contracts under Round One. Duncan Wood discusses contract terms in this article with the Financial Times.

In Public Perceptions and Congress, a Disconnect on Trade?

Jun 01, 2015
"Fifty-nine percent of liberal Democrats and 62 percent of independents believe previous free-trade agreements have been good for the U.S., compared with just 50 percent of conservative Republicans. But you wouldn’t know that by studying the House, where more than 150 Democrats have announced opposition to TPP as well as presidential “fast track” authority for future trade deals. Republican opposition to the trade deal casts further doubt about its future," writes Linda Killian.