State of the Union Review

Quotes in Rio de Janerio's Top Newspaper

My State of the Union comments in Rio de Janerio's top paper: Opção por usar decretos limita agenda de Obama, dizem analistas -Jornal O Globo

NPresident Prioritizes Popularity Over Legacy

Foreign Policy Opinion Piece

Photo: Providing commentary on Washington DC's NewsChannel 8

January 29, 2014

"Faced with the threat that his low popularity could hurt his party and the reality that there is no money to spend on new initiatives, President Obama chose in his State of Union address to go small and stress action, no matter how fleeting, rather than working across the aisle to achieve permanent policy changes. This may mitigate Democratic losses at the ballot box in the fall, but doing so sacrifices the ripe opportunity to reignite economic vitality by removing uncertainty about debt and immigration, while sparking growth through expanded trade."

ENAFTA 20-Year Anniversary Commemoration

Economic Club of Minnesota Event in Washington DC

Photo - with Rep. Tim Penny, Rep. Bill Frenzel and President Clinton Chief of Staff Mack McLarty

Washington, DC

January 28, 2014

It was wonderful for the Economic Club of Minnesota that I chair to present our Champion of Free Trade award to former Minnesota Congressman Bill Frenzel for his work in helping President Clinton get the votes he needed to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA.  We presented the award at an event that commemorated the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA.

The panelist on the event included for World Bank President Bob Zoellick, President George H.W. Bush's U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills, President Clinton's Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, Canada's Chief NAFTA Negotiator John Weekes and Mexico's Undersecretary of International Busines Negotiations Dr. Luis de la Calle.  Representative Erik Paulsen gave the keynote address. The focus of all remarks was on lessons for the future of free trade.

BAmerican Chamber of Commerce in China

Speech - Achieving a New Golden Age of Trade


January 17, 2014

I enjoyed addressing the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China on Achieving a New Golden Age of Trade.  The recent success of the World Trade Organization agreeing on a package of reforms in Bali and discussions on both the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership hold the promise that trade liberalization could once again drive economic growth

BZhongguancun Science Park - Beijing

Speech - Navigating International Markets

Beijing, China

January 16, 2014

It was wonderful to address a group of entrepreneurs from China's largest technology park on Navigating International Markets.  Zhongguancun Science Park, often called China's Silicon Valley, has many companies that are striving to expand in new markets.

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