1. The Trade-Security Nexus: Key Regulatory Cooperation Issues for 2015


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    Governments increasingly see an opportunity — and an imperative — to advance national security and economic competitiveness as complementary goals. In its new National Security Strategy, the Obama administration pledges to "make it easier for businesses of all sizes to expand their reach" through a range of regulatory cooperation initiatives pursued with private sector and international stakeholders. Join us for a discussion on current efforts and potential next steps to make good on that pledge, both in North America and through agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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    • $ETTLE UP: Free Trade >> Benefitting Only the 1%?


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      Does free trade just benefit the 1%? It's Econ 101 that free trade has global benefits. By reducing tariffs and other barriers to trade, countries pursue their comparative advantage in production and consumers benefit through lower prices. The financial crisis and resulting great depression has revealed cracks in this conventional wisdom. Jobs lost to globalization have become a recurrent theme in policy discussions. Of additional significance is the role of trade talks in ratcheting down country specific regulations. There's concern that trade talks encourage a race to the bottom on regulation that ultimately hurts consumers. This is one of the sticking points expressed by the Obama admiration in regards to the EU trade talks. The administration wants to keep Dodd-Frank financial regulations out of the trade talks, while US banks and EU negotiators want to make regulations part of the discussions. Few argue nowadays that lowering tariffs is good for consumers, but negotiating away hard-won regulations may benefit corporations at the expense of consumers. Note: In testimony before the European Parliament Committee, BGOV analysts, Chris Payne and Ken Monahan provided analyses on the rationale behind the Obama administration's public resistance to EU proposals to include financial regulatory cooperation as a part of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. #SettleUp who is reaping the benefits of fair trade today on Bloomberg Government.

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      • West Wing Week: 06/21/13 or "What's the Craic"


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        This week, the President honored Father's Day and the WNBA Champion Indiana Fever at the White House before embarking on a four-day trip to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland and to Berlin.

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