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- Released July 17, 2009
Comments on the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty
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.
- Released July 10, 2009
Media Briefing Booklet: Obama's Trip to Ghana
Over the past decade, Africa’s status in U.S. national security policy has risen dramatically, for three main reasons: America’s growing dependence on Africa’s oil exports, Africa’s importance as a major battlefield in America’s “Global War on Terrorism,” and Africa’s central position in the global competition between America and China for economic and political power.
- Released April 27, 2009
Thirsting for Change: Obama’s First 100 Days
It is difficult to evaluate an administration after only 100 days. George W. Bush, who ended his two terms with one of the lowest grades of any U.S. president, received quite positive evaluations after his first three months in office. The Obama team is still bringing people on board and identifying its priorities. Still, the crises facing the United States and the world require immediate and comprehensive action. And, as no less an authority as Aristotle once put it, well begun is half done.
- Released April 7, 2009
Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly
To address our nation's economic crisis and maintain our nation's fiscal health, the United States desperately needs new sources of federal revenue. Without additional revenues, we as a nation will either have to shortchange long-overdue investments in infrastructure, health, energy, and economic opportunity or leave an unsustainable debt to generations ahead.
- Released March 26, 2009
Beyond the AIG Bonuses
The incredible firestorm over the $165 million bonus payout at failed insurance giant AIG has dramatically revealed the depth of the public anger at private companies that enrich themselves at taxpayer expense. Congressional action to recoup these bonuses through taxes would be a positive step, but merely undoing the AIG bonuses will leave in place tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for banks and corporations that routinely overcompensate their executives. This report includes a chart that identifies key taxypayer subsidies for executive excess and the various reforms now pending in Congress that speak to these problems.
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