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CGD Puff Piece

A few weeks ago, I started a weekly blog/column in Businessweek, “Small World.”  This week’s piece is about the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the opportunity it presents for the US to use trade talks to level the playing field for anti-smoking efforts.  That rather than the traditional approach: helping manufacturers of the only consumer product that kills if used as directed ope

Squeezing Assad – Don’t Ditch Diplomacy Yet

This post is joint with Jenny Ottenhoff

As the violent crackdown on protesters in Syria intensifies, so does the international search for an effective response that stops short of military intervention. Meeting in Washington last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron called on their governments and allies to ratchet up pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime, but they offered no new diplomatic options and stopped short of endorsing mounting calls for military action, leaving many in the international community wondering: what else can be done?

The Farm Bill Saga Begins (Again): Will Development Be on the Stage, in the Wings, or out of Luck?

Many in the development research and advocacy communities engaged heavily in the mid-2000s debate over what became the 2008 farm bill and were sorely disappointed with the outcome. At that time, the push for farm bill reform was part of a broader campaign to push the Doha Development Agenda round of international trade negotiations to a successful conclusion, including by sharply reducing the levels of trade-distorting support that rich countries provide to their farmers.

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