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The global economy is at a crossroads. For industry, government, and civil society alike, its impact on core interests is increasingly large – but equally difficult to shape or manage. The Trade in the 21st Century initiative (Trade21) provides insight and supports targeted multistakeholder initiatives to make global trade and investment work better, for all. We are part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.


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December 26, 2017 | EXPERT: William Reinsch

The year just concluded consisted largely of bark rather than bite as far as trade is concerned.

December 19, 2017 | EXPERT: William Reinsch

I had planned this week to make some profound comments reflecting on the year past, but I can’t let a WTO Ministerial conference go by without saying a word or two about it. So, profundity will have to wait a bit.

December 12, 2017

One of my favorite TV shows a few years ago was Weeds, which featured the more or less dysfunctional Botwin family whose widowed mother of two teenage boys had taken to selling marijuana in her suburban neighborhood as a way to make ends meet after the sudden death of her husband.

December 4, 2017 | EXPERT: William Reinsch

By William Reinsch

November 28, 2017 | EXPERT: William Reinsch

NAFTA is back in the news as negotiations were held in Mexico City last week. As expected, there were no major breakthroughs, and with none expected in December, it is clear governments are pushing serious talks into 2018 and possibly later as we approach the Mexican election.

November 20, 2017 | EXPERT: William Reinsch

The president’s trip to Asia provided an opportunity to lay out a coherent explanation of his trade policy. Intrepid reporter Doug Palmer summarized that in a Politico piece on November 10:
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