EA December 2010

Perspectives: Moving Beyond the Boeing-Airbus WTO Dispute

In 2006 European Affairs carried an article by lawyer and former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Robert Herzstein titled “Don’t Expect the WTO to Resolve the Boeing-Airbus Dispute.” His article was prophetic: nearly five years later, fundamentally nothing has changed.



Perspectives: Boeing Sees WTO Rulings Setting Key Precedents for Global Trade

In his recent article in European Affairs, Airbus consultant Charles Hamilton asserts that, five   years after the U.S. filed a case with the World Trade Organization against European government subsidies to Airbus, “nothing has changed.”


EU and U.S. Show Gingerly Interest in Partition and Secession to Settle Conflict

Taboo during the postwar and post-colonialism era, partition and secession are back as a possible solution for troubled regions stricken by ethnic civil wars. As a European diplomat put it recently, “there are places where it makes more sense to partition live populations than to maintain national unity around a mounting toll of corpses.”


The Eurozone Economic Crisis Starting To Face More Severe Political Tests

European leaders have often proved nimble in coping with the euro strains when they have been pushed to the wall by crises in individual member states, devising bail-outs and launching austerity programs designed to reassure global bond markets that the fiscal tensions can be controlled.

  • 5G and the World Radio Conference 

    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    You may have heard that the United States is in “a Race to 5G.” 5G—or the Fifth Generation of wireless broadband—will be 100x faster than 4G, connect up to 100x more devices, and be 5x more responsive through lower latency. 5G is expected to connect people, things, transport systems, and cities in smart-networked, always-on environments. 5G will transport a huge amount of content much faster, reliably connect millions of devices, and process very high volumes of data with minimal delay.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"The Troubles with Brexit", by Anthony T. Silberfeld

"Shared Values No More?", by Emily Hruban

"Trick or Treat", by Anthony T. Silberfeld



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