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Bar graph of patent applications from non-residents in 2017

Intellectual property: Protecting ideas is good for business

Protecting your ideas is critical in business. That's why the United States has some of the strongest intellectual property protections in the world.

U.S. sanctions: What they do and don’t do

The returning U.S. sanctions will put pressure on the government of Iran, but humanitarian aid to the Iranian people will continue as it always has.
Illustration of ammunition belt holding bullets plus rolled currency in one chamber (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Iran is ‘high risk,’ says global anti-money-laundering group

Iran may soon return to a blacklist of countries banned from engaging in the international finance system for failure to comply with anti-terrorism norms.
Graphic comparing China and U.S. in ease of doing business factors (State Dept.)

Openness and ease of doing business: U.S. and China

Deciding where to invest can be one of the most important decisions a business makes. But not all countries are created equal in doing business.
Drawing of disintegrating clock (Shutterstock)

The sanctions countdown clock is ticking

U.S. sanctions suspended under the Iran nuclear deal return November 4. President Trump promises "severe consequences" for countries who fail to comply.
Robots welding on a truck assembly line (© Carlos Osorio/AP Images)

Manufacturing Day in America [infographic]

The annual Manufacturing Day celebration (October 5) serves as a reminder of just how important the industry is to American prosperity and security.
Donald Trump standing with arms outstretched behind a lectern (© Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images)

Trump: ‘Historic’ pact will rebalance trade with Canada, Mexico

President Trump says the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement is a good deal for all but most of all more fair to the United States.
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin sitting at table smiling (© David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

The Camp David Accords, 40 years later

Four decades ago, the Camp David Accords ushered in a new era of Middle East peacemaking. Here's how Egypt and Israel have benefited in the time since.
Man and woman standing next to each other, smiling (© Ovamba)

U.S. startup finds new way to finance African businesses

Getting a loan can be tough for growing businesses in Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire. One U.S. company has developed an alternative to traditional bank loans.