Entries by tradevistas

Thanks Trade

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States and we’re serving up a classic pairing of turkey with a side of cranberry sauce. In a new video, we give thanks for trade in soybeans – a key ingredient in a turkey’s diet. Anne Kim explores the turkey trade and its growing popularity in Mexico thanks to NAFTA. Andrea Durkin explains why U.S. cranberry exports are facing stiff competition in Europe.

Pencils Down

The question of whether pencils are made anymore in the United States recently made its way into the 2020 presidential campaign. Contributor Ed Gerwin revisits what pencils can teach us about the complexity and nuances of modern American trade. Anne Kim explains how higher education is one of the world’s leading “exports”.

Movers and Shakers

The expansion of global trade is allowing us to rediscover and reinvent the art of “making” through the Maker Movement, profoundly changing what and how we trade. Also, Christine McDaniel looks at the hype surrounding automation’s looming impact on jobs, value chains and international trade.

In the Pits

Spanish olives and olive oil are ripe with tension over U.S.-EU trade disputes. In this issue, Associate Editor Lauren Kyger breaks down two recent trade disputes leading to U.S. tariffs on Spanish exports. We also explore the trade routes of cheddar cheese in a shareable video.

Big Reveal

What could the United States gain from a free trade agreement with Brazil? Contributor Alice Calder analyzes the U.S-Brazil trade relationship to uncover revealed comparative advantage (RCA) in 20 sectors. A new graphic illustrates how Brazil is driving global ethanol exports.

Mixed Harvest

Soybeans have become the bellwether for how the U.S.-China trade war is going and it’s affecting the prices for U.S. farmers. Also in this issue, contributor Max Moncaster looks at whether, after the year farmers have had, the initial U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement is a deal worth celebrating.

Actual War

Contributor Alice Calder offers insights into the long-term economic damage of Syria’s civil war. As the world waits and watches to see what will happen next with Brexit, we offer a quick overview of its economic implications and an update to our shareable Brexit timeline.

Tariff Carousel Ride

What does the WTO Airbus decision hold in store for rotating tariffs on European products? Columnist Leslie Griffin breaks down “carousel” retaliation and how it is used to impose maximum pain through tariffs. While the news is focused on tariffs, Holly Smith explains how import quotas have returned to trade policy.

Variety Fare

We depend on trade in seeds to help protect global food production and supply – and for variety in the foods we eat. Pomegranates are one example of the Wonderful varieties brought to us by trade. Having survived twenty years of banana trade wars, the popular Cavendish banana faces a new challenge, one that could actually wipe them out.

Trade Politics Central

TradeVistas launches Trade and Politics 2020 – a new page on the site that serves as a central resource for how trade will figure in the presidential election cycle.