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Debating U.S.-China Trade

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robert_scott.jpgIn this week’s CFR.org Online Debate, the Economic Policy Institute’s Robert E. Scott says the United States must “put some backbone in our trade policy” toward China. He says the United States should toughen trade laws to “ensure that systematic subsidies that benefit all exporters are countervailed.”He also calls on Congress to spearhead an independent government agency “with the resources and authority to file fair trade cases in the United States and at the WTO.” Such an agency, he says, could help create a “level playing field.”

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Withdrawing from Iraq

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tcarpenter.jpgIn the latest installment of this week’s CFR.org Online Debate, Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, says the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have been “an ideal recruiting poster for al-Qaeda globally,” and that a withdrawal of U.S. troops would “deprive the organization of that rallying cry.” He maintains the recent lull in violence in Iraq has been due in large part to ethnic cleansing and ethnic segregation in Baghdad.

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When Should the U.S. Withdraw From Iraq?

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In this week’s CFR.org Online Debate, Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, and James Phillips, a research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the conservative Heritage Foundation, debate the consequences of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

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Rebuilding After War

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In the final exchange of CFR.org’s Online Debate on post-conflict reconstruction today, Craig Cohen of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Col. Garland H. Williams, author of Engineering Peace: The Military Role in Post-Conflict Reconstruction, seem to have found some common ground. c_cohen.jpgCohen, who has argued that post-conflict reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan should be led by civilian, not military efforts, says he and Williams agree that military and civilian agencies can be “complementary” in a post-conflict scenario, and that civilian agencies “currently lack the standby capacity to deploy.” They also agree that post-conflict reconstruction “occurs in dynamic environments that do not lend themselves to neat typologies or one-dimensional thinking.” Still, he concludes, the political nature of a post-conflict environment, efforts should be headed by “a civilian ambassador rather than a military officer.”

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Online Debate: Green’s response

by Michael Moran

June 25, 2007

Kenneth P. Green

Policymakers wishing to restrain greenhouse gas emissions have a broad range of potential instruments available. They can criminalize emitting activities, they can regulate emissions via technology requirements or emission standards, or they can put a price on the activity via a tax or trading scheme.

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Online Debate: Regulating American Greenhouse Gases

by Michael Moran

CFR.org has been holding regular Online Debates on important issues for more than a year but as the presidential campaign approaches, many of the policy debates we feature invariably become more tangled in presidential politics. So it is with this week’s question: How Should the United States Regulate Greenhouse Emissions?

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