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Helping Cuba on the Road to Reform

Helping Cuba on the Road to Reform

November 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/26/13 By Michael Shank Earlier this month, five Cuban nationals – sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas – made the trek from Havana to Washington to discuss the openings they, and Cubans like them, are pursuing in the nascent private economy. Having […]

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The Big Problems in Obama’s Big Trade Deals

The Big Problems in Obama’s Big Trade Deals

July 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/08/13 By Michael Shank Framed as the biggest trade deal in the history of the world, trade representatives from the United States and the European Union meet in Washington this week to begin transatlantic trade talks. This is one of two major trade deals on […]

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Congress Should Scrutinize Pending Trade Pacts

Congress Should Scrutinize Pending Trade Pacts

July 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

POLITIX 07/05/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama’s decision to suspend trade relations with Bangladesh due to worker safety concerns sets new a precedent for two major trade deals on the administration’s docket – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). These proposed pacts […]

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We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

November 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 11/24/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he […]

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The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

The Surprising $1.5 Trillion Fix to the Fiscal Cliff

November 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

POLITICO 11/24-25/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he must […]

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Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

Need a Thoughtful, Efficient Legal Immigration Process

November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/21/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013, he […]

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World Bank Needs Jeffrey Sachs

World Bank Needs Jeffrey Sachs

March 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

THE HILL 03/01/12 By Michael Shank With Robert Zoellick stepping down from the World Bank helm, there is no better time for a development economist with solid on-the-ground and substantial international experience – like Dr. Jeffrey Sachs – to take his place. There are three clear reasons for this. The […]

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US Can Contribute By Acknowledging Cuba’s Reforms

US Can Contribute By Acknowledging Cuba’s Reforms

November 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/23/11 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to “Come on – Cuba needs help, not hindrance to progress” (November 18): as illuminated in a 98-page report this month from the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Cuba’s recent economic reforms are indicative of a new resolve. President Raúl […]

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Restarting Relations with Venezuela

Restarting Relations with Venezuela

March 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 03/26/10 By Michael Shank Traveling recently in a congressional staff delegation to Venezuela, I found my experience was not too dissimilar from my previous experiences in Syria and Iran. This is not to say that I am aggregating these three states into some kind of axis-of-evil or rogue […]

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