Trade and Development Publications

Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

Nov 11, 2015
Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine presents four perspectives on the origins of the ongoing war in Ukraine that began in February 2014, concentrating on Russian motivations and intentions.

Managing the Mexico-U.S. Border: Working for a More Integrated and Competitive North America

Oct 29, 2015
The border between Mexico and the United States is one of the most dynamic in the world. This essay aims to offer a holistic approach and view of the border region. It focuses on the key aspects that comprise it, and also explains the mechanisms established by Mexico and the United States, describing the strong collaboration that has been accomplished by both countries.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Setting the Standard and Raising the Bar

Oct 20, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) provides new market access in traditional trading areas, generates greater certainty for U.S. exporters to emerging markets, and builds competitiveness in the innovation economy. Although the TPP is far from perfect, it will help U.S. businesses compete and prosper in new markets and will consolidate U.S. rebalancing to Asia. These gains will all depend on whether the agreement is ratified by the United States through approval by Congress and by other countries through their own procedures.

Competitive Border Communities: Mapping and Developing U.S.-Mexico Transborder Industries

Sep 28, 2015
The Mexico Institute and the North American Research Partnership undertook an initiative to identify, map and analyze key industries that are highly concentrated, dynamic and binational, operating within five binational sub-regions along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. This report discusses the project's findings and provides principal recommendations.

Paper: "The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit One Year On: Progress, Challenges, and the Way Forward for Economic Relations"

Sep 17, 2015
This paper by Dr. Witney Schneidman assesses progress and challenges since last year’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and offers recommendations for the way forward for U.S.-Africa economic engagement.

How to Secure a Competitive U.S. Economy

Jul 27, 2015
Global economic dependence on U.S. consumer spending is unlikely to dwindle, despite significant national and international efforts outside the United States to support demand and improve economic flexibility. Because that dependence increases U.S. trade deficits and threatens U.S. competitiveness, the United States should take measures to open foreign markets, assert U.S. leadership, and promote domestic confidence and growth.

Connecting the Dots: Japan's Strategy to Ensure Security and Economic Growth

Jul 21, 2015
Growing security rivalry between China on the one hand and the United States and Japan on the other has not shaken economic engagement between Beijing, Tokyo, and Washington. But how can regional economic integration and an enhancement of U.S.-Japan military cooperation move forward?

A Mandate for Mexico

Jun 29, 2015
Mexico is at a critical juncture. The record shows that the first wave of reforms that began 30 years ago failed to deliver the desired boost to economic growth and competitiveness. The reforms now underway promise even bigger changes for the economy, particularly by opening up the long closed petroleum industry. This study offers a qualitative analysis of the deep economic reforms undertaken in Mexico during the past 30 years, the progress made and informed opinions on what is needed today to boost economic growth, enhance competitiveness and, hopefully, increase employment.

Kennan Cable No.9: Sanctions Emerge as the Indispensable Tool of American Statecraft

Jun 19, 2015
This article is based in large part on a conference organized in April 2015 by the Kennan Institute, in partnership with, and with financial support from, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, to explore the history, effectiveness, and evolution of sanctions as a tool of American foreign policy.