Susan Ariel Aaronson, 14 July 2014

The internet promotes educational, technological, and scientific progress, but governments sometimes choose to control the flow of information for national security reasons, or to protect privacy or intellectual property. This column highlights the use of trade rules to regulate the flow of information, and describes how the EU, the US, and their negotiating partners have been unable to find common ground on these issues. Trade agreements have yet to set information free, and may in fact be making it less free.

Nicolas Véron, 19 January 2011

With emerging and oil-rich economies increasingly investing in European companies, some have proposed modifying the EU’s stance on foreign investment for reasons of geopolitical security. But this often is a guise for protecting narrow political interests, particularly as unemployment rises. This column calls for a clear and consistent legal framework to avoid the dangerous extremes of complete closure and complete, unchecked openness.

Xiaojing Zhang, Tao Sun, 12 September 2009

Emerging economies have been hit hard by the global crisis. This column assesses the nature and severity of China and Hong Kong’s vulnerability to the turmoil originating from the US. It warns that China cannot decouple from US financial and monetary conditions, so it must participate in coordinating international policy and manage its capital account openness.

Theodore Moran, 11 September 2009

When does a foreign acquisition of a company constitute a national security threat? This column says analysts may start by determining how “critical” the goods or services provided by the target of the proposed acquisition are. However, when competition among rival suppliers is high and switching costs are low, there is no genuine national security rationale for blocking a proposed acquisition, no matter how crucial the goods and services the target company provides.

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