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Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

Institute research staff offer their analyses of current economic and political events in these brief interviews. The views expressed in these interviews are those of the interviewee(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual members of the Institute's Board of Directors or its Advisory Committee. We welcome feedback from listeners and encourage you to convey your comments directly to the person interviewed.

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audio Turmoil in Ukraine, Reverberations in Russia
January 27, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund says that Ukraine's instability is causing alarm in Moscow, where any decision to intervene could spoil the Sochi Olympics.

audio The IMF Gets Shut Out Again in Washington
January 14, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker says the failure of the Obama administration to win Congressional approval of funding and governance legislation for the International Monetary Fund is a blow to US credibility around the world.

audio A Step Forward for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
January 10, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jeffrey J. Schott says that if newly proposed Trade Promotion Authority is approved by Congress, a TPP accord could be ready for President Obama to sign in the first half of 2014.

audio Will Congress Confront 'Currency Manipulation' at Last?
January 10, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
C. Fred Bergsten says that a provision in newly proposed Trade Promotion Authority legislation calling for an end to currency manipulation in future trade pacts is only a modest step forward on the issue.

audio Stalemate in Ukraine
January 9, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders ├ůslund says that the impasse between President Yanukovych and the opposition leaves the West little choice but to monitor the situation and threaten sanctions if human rights are violated.

audio PIIE Debate: Germany's Role in Europe, Part II
December 13, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Edwin M. Truman say Germany needs to accept more inflation to help others in Europe, but the difficulties of such a step are formidable.

audio PIIE Debate: Germany's Role in Europe, Part I
December 12, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Edwin M. Truman discuss whether Germany has imposed too much fiscal consolidation on troubled euro area countries and on itself.

audio A 'Pretty Big Deal' for the World Trade Organization
December 9, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer says the trade facilitation agreement forged at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali was a step forward that could yield major gains for the world trading system.

audio Puerto Rico's Troubles Take It to Uncharted Waters
December 4, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker explains that because Puerto Rico is not a state or a country, it cannot turn to the usual sources of help but must solve its problems on its own.

audio Ukraine's Turmoil Without End?
December 3, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund explains the factors behind the protests in Ukraine and predicts that the next step, a Cabinet shakeup, will not end the stalemate or the country's economic troubles.

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