Aerial view of many shipping containers (Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography)

Do sanctions work?

Sanctions provide an option for U.S. policymakers to alter the behavior of a foreign nation or a specific group of people without military conflict.

Building better ties through trade

The United States is eager to improve connections among producers and consumers in the United States and East Asia to benefit all trading partners. That...

The evolving global financial system

A century ago, there was little coordination of international finances. That changed substantially after World War II, and the change is continuing today.
Bottles of different juices from Senegal (T.K. Naliaka)

U.S.-Africa free trade: Good for your wallet, and for your stomach

Famous African foods like Ashanti hot sauce from Ghana, Mrs. Ball’s chutney from South Africa and Tusker beer from Kenya are finding their way...
Baby orangutan wrapped in blanket, with arms outstretched (© AP Images)

New trade deal is big — especially for him

The most progressive trade deal in history, TPP includes commitments to expand conservation and environmental protection across the Asia-Pacific region.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (State Dept.)

Tillerson visits Japan on first trip to Asia

The alliance between Japan and the United States "is devoted to peace, prosperity and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region," Secretary Tillerson says.

African Growth and Opportunity Act creates jobs, benefits entrepreneurs

The African Growth and Opportunity Act is responsible for the creation of about 350,000 direct jobs for Africa and another million or so indirect jobs.

Congress renews landmark U.S.-Africa trade legislation

The AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015 would extend the landmark law, originally enacted in May 2000, for another 10 years.
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Doing business is getting easier

Finding international business investors or creating a startup is becoming easier, according to survey data collected throughout the world.