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  • Released October 1, 2009

Report of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy Regarding the Model Bilateral Investment Treaty
By Sarah Anderson

IPS Global Economy Director Sarah Anderson served on the private sector advisory committee to the Obama administration that produced this report on the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty.


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  • Released September 22, 2009

Why a Real Recovery Must be a Global Recovery
By Sarah Anderson

Civil society organizations around the world have been calling for new rules and institutions that will help bring economic recovery to everyone and lay the foundation for more equitable, sustainable, and stable livelihoods in the future. These proposals would benefit poor countries and ordinary Americans.


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  • Released September 2, 2009

Executive Excess 2009: America's Bailout Barons
By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati

After the crash of 1929, the apocryphal story goes, bankers jumped out windows. After last September's crash, this new report details, bankers shut their windows and stuffed their pockets -- with stock options that virtually guarantee them mega-million-dollar windfalls for years to come.


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  • Released July 28, 2009

Military vs. Climate Security: Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era
By Miriam Pemberton

The U.S. military now views the massive disruptions that will result from global warming, in the absence of concerted international action, as a likely precipitant of increased violent conflict around the world.



Comments on the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty
By Sarah Anderson

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty. As the Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, I have published several relevant reports, drawing on interviews with policymakers and legal experts, as well as individuals directly affected by investor-state cases in the United States and several other countries.1 My overall view is that significant reforms are needed to correct the current imbalance between the broad public interest and the interests of private foreign investors.


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