Daniel J. Ikenson

Daniel J. Ikenson is director of the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies.

Time for Hillary to Speak Up on Trade


The Washington Post ran an editorial on Wednesday indicting Hillary Clinton for her silence on the trade agenda. On Thursday morning, the Post published an op-ed by Robert Kagan of Brookings titled “Clinton’s Cowardice on Trade.” Both pieces offer some valid observations, but the matter deserves more scrutiny still. Is it just me or do […]

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Rand Paul’s ‘No’ on Trade Promotion Authority Gets It Backwards


Not entirely unsurprisingly, the Senate failed to reach cloture last Tuesday, falling eight votes shy of the 60 needed to start the timer on debate over Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will be needed to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and bring it to a timely vote in Congress. The cloture vote concerned two […]

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A Trade War Averted


The media has spilled lots of ink these past several months keeping up with developments in the U.S.-China trade relationship. Since February, the U.S. Trade Representative has initiated three separate cases against China in the WTO, and the U.S. Commerce Department broke with a 22-year tradition by applying preliminary countervailing duties (to countervail subsidies) against […]

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Listing to Port


WASHINGTON — The firestorm over the proposed lease of certain U.S. port facilities to Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates, raises several chilling questions. None has anything to do with the deal itself. It was approved in accordance with the same law and procedures followed in more […]

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Felling NAFTA


It is no secret that world opinion of the United States and its policies is unfavorable. Yet, the Bush administration — with cajoling from Congress — is exacerbating those perceptions with an astonishingly antagonistic trade policy posture. The United States has become an international trade scofflaw. Consider the U.S. position in its long-running softwood lumber […]

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