New Course on International Trade Institutions

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This coming Fall I will offer a new course titled Institutions for International Trade. It is designed to advance students' knowledge of public and private interaction in trade by visiting and analyzing relevant key trade institutions in Washington, D.C. Enrollment for this course is now open until next week. View the course syllabus here: Institutions for International Trade Instructors can contact me at czinkotm@georgetown.edu if you are interested in learning more about the course. Read more [...]

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By Michael Czinkota The intelligence communities on both sides of the Atlantic (and probably the Pacific too) are reeling. Major accusations are levied about the inappropriateness and possibly even illegality of their data collection efforts. Going far beyond the Edward Snowden revelations, the claim is about systematic industrial espionage, with data scooping far in excess needed for the battle against terrorism. German chancellor Merkel Germany is accused of either having approved industrial Read more [...]

International Trade Matters to American Retailers

International trade supports millions of American jobs and is essential to the U.S. economy. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has recently published a new report that presents a state-by-state breakdown of the benefits of trade to the American economy. In 2013, U.S. trade supports nearly 6.9 million U.S. retail and restaurant jobs. Trade with the 11 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the European Union members negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Read more [...]