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A “Forward Deployed” U.S. Foreign Policy Focus
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has just embarked on a 13 day mission to Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia. The travel mirrors an interesting shift in U.S. foreign policy strategy under the current administration.
Mark Clack and Elizabeth Tregaskis Gordon 
Afghan Peace Jirga Concludes
After my first ever visit to Kabul, Afghanistan last month, I’ll be paying close attention to what action the Afghan government takes on the heels of last week’s “peace jirga”
Bangladesh Tells U.S. to Butt Out While Wanting Trade Preferences
Cassidy & Associates Vice Chairman Gregg Hartley writes, if the government of Bangladesh won’t listen to constructive criticism from its largest market in the face of what is clearly a gross violation of human rights, perhaps we should consider giving the government of Bangladesh just what it’s asking, starting with denial of trade preferences.
Bill to Bolster Education as Counterinsurgency Tool
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced in the House that, as much as anything we’ve seen, strikes at the heart of some of the most challenging foreign policy, international affairs and security issues that the U.S. faces today
Cassidy & Associates Forms Strategic Alliance with AgriThority
Cassidy & Associates has developed a strategic partnership with Missroui based AgriThority.
Cassidy Hosts Chinese Aerospace Delegation
Cassidy & Assoicates hosts Chinese delegation for second in series of public policy roundtable discussions in Washington.
Cassidy Launches New Online Trailer, CASSIDY 2014
“A reminder of our history and nod to our future,” is how newly promoted Cassidy & Associates Co-Chairmen Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads describe the firm’s new online video trailer launched this morning on the Cassidy & Associates social media platforms and its website. The trailer will be featured on the Cassidy & Associates YouTube Channel.
Cassidy’s Global Team Broadens Reach to Turkey and Kuwait
Cassidy and Associates is pleased to announce that our sister company in The Interpublic Group, Weber Shandwick, has officially launched new operations in Istanbul, Turkey and in Kuwait.
China's 'Lianghui' has Implications for Foreign Investors
As Asia-watchers, security hawks, investors and others around the globe know well, the annual meetings of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), and its twenty-two hundred member political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), opened last week, where major decisions about the future of the country are likely to be made and where the stage for the incoming administration will be set.
Export Promotion
The Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Studies Program published a report last month which examines how exports impact U.S. metropolitan economies. Export Nation found evidence that export intensive industries boost growth, provide higher wages and foster innovation.
First Steps Taken Towards Next Farm Bill
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson has held and scheduled a number of oversight field hearings across the country to advance consideration of the reauthorization of the Farm Bill which expires in 2012
Donna Jo Denison 
Free Trade Agreement Will Aid Korean Security
One way to benefit both the US and Korea is to finally approve the US and Korean Free Trade Agreement, which was signed on June 30, 2007.
Improving Trade with Africa
Quietly and effectively, the Obama Administration is in the process of instituting a U.S.-Africa policy that promotes enhanced trade between the United States and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).
Mark Clack 
Increasing Challenges in Haiti Require the Latest in Disaster Relief Innovations
As hurricane season begins in the Caribbean, aid organizations worry that tropical storms will exacerbate the challenges already facing relief workers in Haiti.
It’s Round Three for the US and EU
Cassidy & Associates Vice President Donna Jo Denison is directly engaging with key negotiators of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP, today as the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office hosts U.S. and EU stakeholders to learn more about negotiations.
Key US Enroute Air Bases, Like Gander International Airport, Need to be Maintained
Recent events in Kyrgyzstan emphasize the importance of the U.S. Air Force world-wide infrastructure.
MacArthur’s Prescient West Point Address
Could Gen MacArthur have envisioned this level of cooperation, and the use of today’s information technology.
Tax-Free Budget Stimulus on the Back Burner
In the recent discussions about budget proposals and spending cuts, one piece of legislation that would boost our economy—the South Korea–United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA)—has been absent.
The Insiders - Cassidy & Associates Launches New Online Magazine
This morning on LinkedIn, Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerry Cassidy helped launch a new online news magazine, the insiders, giving readers an authentic look at Washington.
The Rise of the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation
Since 2008, negotiations by the World Trade Organization on multilateral agreements have stalled. Disagreements on major issues between key nations have resulted in a deadlock. Coupled with a domestic political stalemate on three free trade agreements, all of which have been negotiated but are stalled in Congress, the future of bilateral trade barrier reduction is uncertain.
Donna Jo Denison 
The U.S. Trade Agenda
Now that Washington, D.C. has had an opportunity to thoroughly digest and analyze last week’s mid-term election and dramatic gains by the Republican Party, the nation’s attention has pivoted toward consideration of whether or not a divided government can effectively work together to aid our nation’s economic recovery. One area where many Washington analysts believe progress through compromise can be made is in U.S. Trade policy.
Mark Clack 
The “Supplemental” U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement
On December 3rd, it was announced the U.S. and South Korea had reached an agreement to amend the three year old free trade agreement known as KORUS FTA.
Mark Clack 
Trade in The Balance
The recent failure of the U.S. and South Korea to reach a final agreement on the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement should be viewed as a temporary setback.
Mark Clack 
What’s the Real Reason Why The White House Should Go to Africa?
President Obama’s trip next week to sub-Saharan Africa has generated quite a bit of attention recently in Washington, not for its merits or goals, but its expense.
Will Obama’s Summer Trip to Africa ‘Power’ His Legacy to the Continent?
In the first of a two part interview, Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Mark Clack discusses a renewed emphasis on Africa by the White House as it prepares for President Obama's trip to sub-Saharan Africa this summer and a potential initiative addressing "energy poverty" on the continent.
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