What Is Trade?

The modern era of global trade began just after World War II.

What Gets in the Way of Free Trade?

Countries impose free-trade roadblocks for a number of reasons.

What a Trade Deficit Means

What is a trade deficit? And, perhaps more important, what is it not?

The Globe-Trotting Journey of a Sneaker

The all-American Converse sneaker is not actually all that American.

How Trade Rules Are Written

With new challenges constantly emerging, trade agreements are adapting in order to keep up.

Trade as Foreign Policy

When local concerns drive national trade policies, there are global consequences.

What Happened When China Joined the WTO?

The United States thought it was directing the show when China acceded to the World Trade Organization. Instead, China wrote its own script.

Foreign Investment 101

What is foreign investment, and what does it have to do with trade?

Trade Module Assessment

Questions to check your understanding.

Trade Reading List

Supplemental readings and other resources.

How Trade Affects You

Countries are trading at unprecedented levels.

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