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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 Can Hollande Take On France's "National Champions"?
February 20, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron discusses the French president's pledges to make France more business friendly, but it remains to be seen whether he will temper the country's legendary economic nationalism.

audio PIIE Debate: How Should the ECB Act to Counter Deflation?
February 14, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard discuss their differing views about whether the European Central Bank should undertake quantitative easing (QE) to combat deflation.

audio Ukraine on the Verge...But of What?
February 3, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund explains that a new government in Kiev should adopt an amnesty law and take other steps to win the confidence of the West, opening the possibility of a new aid channel.

audio Has Harry Reid Killed Obama's Trade Agenda?
January 30, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer says that the President will have to confront, or make some concessions to, the Senate Majority Leader to salvage his request for trade promotion authority.

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 Åslund 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.

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