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Latest Developments in U.S. Trade Policy

Every issue of the Washington Trade Report includes a feature article that delves more deeply into one topic. In our final report for 2012 (Vol.28 No.48) we reviewed the race for the new director general of the WTO, including the strengths and weaknesses of the nine candidates. This sample issue is posted here.

Other topics in recent issues concerned the impact of the 2012 elections on U.S. policy in the comingyears, defeat of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, foreign investment screening, controversies protectionism and China-bashing in the presidential election, the increasing assertiveness of state governments in trade issues, the growth of the TransPacific Partnership, the farm bill,  PNTR for Russia, the three factions among Republicans in the House, and disputes over intellectual property rights.

For sample issues of the WTR, see the reports we issued during our "open house" month in April. The feature stories that month examined the annual reciprocity and sanctions reports (Vol.28 No.12), the miscellaneous tariff bill (Vol.28 No.13), why cases under the unfair trade law may increase (Vol.28 No.14), and the events at the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha (Vol.28 No.15).

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Welcome to the Washington Trade Report

The Washington Trade Report's coverage includes:

  • Trade legislation in the 113th Congress
  • The effect of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections on U.S. policy

  • Regulatory initiatives in the Obama administration

  • Negotiations in the World Trade Organization and the TransPacific Partnership

  • Cases brought under the trade-remedy laws

  • Trade sanctions and export restrictions

  • Rulings in administrative bodies

  • Dispute-settlement proceedings in the WTO

  • Trends and data in U.S. trade

  • Public opinion on trade and globalization

  • Current research in the law, economics, politics, and logistics of trade

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WTR subscribers have unlimited use of the Computerized ENcyclopedia of TRAde Law and Policy (CENTRAL), an interactive storehouse of trade agreements, laws, reports, and other items. The Dictionary of Trade Policy is the most important tool on CENTRAL, providing cross-referenced definitions for hundreds of terms in trade policy and linking those terms to the U.S. laws and international agreements that utilize them.

CENTRAL complements and provides context for the developments covered by the weekly report, linking current events to the laws, agreements, and policies that are at issue. The hyperlinks on CENTRAL allow users to move quickly between WTO agreements and related U.S. trade laws, or from dictionary definitions to examples in U.S. trade agreements, or to toggle between the cross-references between the articles of an agreement or the sections of a law. CENTRAL also provides finding aids that allow users to browse the database by topic, medium, or by exploring the chronology of policymaking along the Timeline of Trade Policy.