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Regionalism can help multilateralism


April 22, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer comments on a recent debate organized by the Central Bank Governor of Malaysia. He highlights the benevolent side-effects from regional trade accords and invites policymakers who are negotiating regional agreements to never lose sight of the ultimate prize: a truly global marketplace. The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) is an independent research and advisory group and a platform for exchanges of views between official institutions and private sector counterparties.


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The Politics of Conviction and Conviction as Policy


April 20, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones comments on the recent remarks of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis at the Brookings Institution. He is not convinced by their assertion that the latest setbacks in negotiations are a reflection of normal' European politics. Jones analyzes their presentations in the framework of two notions: the politics of conviction and conviction as policy.


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Cutting Through the Noisy Tpp Debate


April 17, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


The authors comment that TPP negotiations are in their final phase, however the policy debate ignores the central goal of the TPP: to renew the Asia-Pacific trading system and firm up America's role in it. They argue that the TPP debate should be confident and forward-looking, befitting America's enormous assets and recovering economic engine. The trade agreement offers significant economic benefits and an historic opportunity to deepen U.S. ties with the Asia-Pacific, the world's most dynamic economic region. This OpEd appeared in The Honolulu Star Advertiser and the Huffington Post.


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Origins of the National Security State and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman


April 16, 2015

David C. Unger Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

JHU SAIS Europe Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy, David C. Unger, contributed a chapter to a newly published volume of The Truman Legacy Series, edited by Mary Ann Heiss and Michale J. Hogan. The essays in the volume explore the highly charged political environment in which the national security state was created and assess its broader implications for society, both civilian and military. Unger's contribution is entitled "The Politics and Political Legacy of Harry S. Truman's National Security Policies".


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Trade In Asia


April 8, 2015

Richard Pomfret Adjunct Professor of International Economics

Richard Pomfret, JHU SAIS Europe Adjunct Professor of International Economics, has just published a new edited volume entitled "Trade in Asia". This comprehensive collection brings together contributions that have increased our understanding of trade in Asia. An original introduction by Pomfret reviews the wider literature, in which key contributions often appeared in regional publications, working papers or other outlets that may be hard to access.


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ASEAN Integration and Asia's Emerging Trade Models


April 8, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Professor Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe will speak at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC on 9 April 2015. Together with co-author, Dr. Peter Petri he will discuss the ASEAN Economic Community and its implementation in the context of the rapidly-changing regional trade environment, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Community. The event is organized by the The Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies.


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The TPP and China-US Economic Relations


March 26, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Plummer and Peter Petri from Brandeis University discuss the very large income gains possible from successful conclusion of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Free Trade Area of Asia and Pacific (FTAAP) and other mega-regional agreements, based on recent detailed econometric modelling. They draw particular attention to the increase in income that could result from extended participation in the agreements, particularly the inclusion of China. APEC Currents is a publication of the Australian APEC Study Centre.


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Pacific Trade Deal Likely to Have Narrow Reach


March 15, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Data are quoted from a recent paper by SAIS Europe Director Michael G. Plummer and co-authors. The paper estimates the income gains and sectorial adjustment implications implied by the adoption of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.


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TPP at the NABE


March 11, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Columnist Paul Krugman cites the work of Professor Michael G. Plummer and co-author Peter Petri in a talk on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the National Association of Business Economists, and again in his New York Times blog. Petri at al estimate the gains from trade from the TTP to be 0,5% of GDP.


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Brexit and Grexit - process and event


March 4, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones illustrates how any British exit from the European Union - or 'Brexit'- would be a long, difficult, and conflictive process whereas any Greek exit from the euro - or 'Grexit' - would center on a short, punctuated event. Fortunately, Europe's leaders seem to be walking back from the threat of a Greek exit.


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