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Articles by Claude Barfield

Ron Wyden: Free Trader? Saturday, April 19, 2014
Senator Wyden has recently begun to clarify where he will attempt to take trade policy: it’s a mixed bag of attitudes and proposals, though by no means ...
Crunch Time for the Trans-Pacific Pact — and for U.S. Leadership in Asia Thursday, October 10, 2013
At a crucial time in U.S.-Asian relations, China is stealing the limelight. America needs to get back in the game.
Sorting Out the High-Tech Patent Mess Thursday, September 5, 2013
Recent action by the U.S. trade representative highlights the need for reform in America’s high-tech patent sector.
The G8’s Exercise in Nostalgia Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The G8 initiated formal negotiations on a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement, but there are reasons to be skeptical about its future. Of greater importance to the ...
Not So Fast: Conflicting Deadlines for the TPP and US-EU FTA Friday, March 8, 2013
President Obama has suddenly embraced a highly problematic trade agenda for his second term.
Heat without Light Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Obama administration owes it to the American people to make public the results of its extensive 18-month investigation of Huawei.
‘What to Do about Huawei?’ Thursday, July 26, 2012
It is time for both the administration and the Congress to reveal what they have discovered about the Chinese telecoms giant.
A Big Deal: Canada and Mexico Join the Pacific Trade Pact Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Accounts of the G-20 summit in Mexico largely miss the most significant development.
The First Carbon Trade War? Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Europe vs. the rest of the world.
Reforming the Patent System: How Did We Do? Friday, September 23, 2011
Recent patent reform showed remarkable restraint from Congress and will lead to a more efficient and rigorous patent system that will in turn create economic ...
Why the Next IMF Leader Should Not Come from Europe Thursday, June 9, 2011
A flawed selection process will produce a director whose legitimacy will be in question from day one.
From ‘Government’ Motors to ‘Shanghai’ Motors? Saturday, October 2, 2010
President Obama has a delicate balancing act to manage in the upcoming General Motors initial public stock offering.
Resurrection of the New Democrats Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Senator Blanche Lincoln took on the unions and won.
Where Is America in Asia’s Future? Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Recent events and trends within Asia may well portend a stepped up pace for Asian regionalism—and heightened danger that the United States will find itself on ...
APEC: The Keystone to U.S. Asian Policy Friday, November 13, 2009
As the Obama administration formulates policies for Asia, it should make a trans-Pacific vision for regional integration a clear and central U.S. priority.
What President Obama Can Learn From President Clinton Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Compete don't retreat.
Beware of Investment Protectionism Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Barack Obama should announce to the world that the United States welcomes and encourages foreign investment.
The Fast-Track Trade War Wednesday, May 7, 2008
No matter how our allies react to the Colombia spat, the politics of FTA passage may have been permanently changed.
The Grand Bipartisan Trade Deal Wednesday, May 16, 2007
What have Congress and the White House really agreed to on trade? It’s hard to say, judging from their widely differing views of last week’s deal.
Tout Seoul Thursday, April 5, 2007
America’s new trade deal with Korea shows that bilateral negotiations can work. But the deal is headed for tough scrutiny on both sides of the Pacific.