Trade and Investment

There has been an increasing discussion regarding the possibility of Congress granting the US presidency “fast track” authority in free trade agreements. This report gives the facts.

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Last year was a busy year for ASP, exploring the issues of climate security, next generation energy and investment, the links between a strong economy and enhanced national security, chemical weapons, as well as the vital U.S. and Egypt strategic relationship.

This reports collects together the top ten blog posts on ASP website in 2013, we hope you find them interesting and useful.

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We all watched with great apprehension the stalemate over the budget, national debt, and the Affordable Care Act these past weeks. The anecdotes of impact were everywhere, from closed national monuments to denied child care. But what was not so prominent in the news was the impact to our reputation and business overseas, and, ultimately, American Competitiveness. Read more about that in this edition of ASQ


For decades the American infrastructure has been allowed to decay. Poor quality of wireless broadband access, deteriorating roads, unsafe bridges, and power interruptions are all indicators of a lack of investment in infrastructure. This fact sheets details come of the challenges and opportunities ahead for America’s infrastructure.

KABUL, AFghanistan (Sept. 11, 2010) Fire Controlman 1st Class Andrew Eden, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command disclosure officer, right, and French Air Force Sgt. Lydia Briand prepare to raise the American Flag at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)

The security of our nation inherently depends upon the strength of our ability to compete in the global market place while simultaneously raising living standards at home. “American Competitiveness” thus includes a wide array of interconnected issues, linking economic prosperity and national security imperatives. This fact sheet provides an overview of the fundamental factors that compromise American Competitiveness, their relation to national security, and provides suggested reforms to reverse current downward trends.

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The United States and European Union recently began negotiations on what would be, if completed, the largest trade agreement in world history. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) intends to eliminate barriers to transatlantic trade, including tariffs, duties, and burdensome regulations. This fact sheet provides a detailed history of U.S.-EU trade relations, and explains the goals, economic benefits, and security imperatives of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.