About International Trade
|March 27, 2008||
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These sites feature information relating to the parent and umbrella organizations for the WIIT Charitable Trust.
of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
OWIT, the umbrella organization for WIIT, strives to create a network among women in the international trade field. The site offers information about upcoming programs, trade-related news, and job search information.
in International Trade (WIIT)
The Washington, DC chapter of Women in International Trade is the Trustee of the WIIT Charitable Trust. WIIT offers resources from professional development seminars to educational resources for the public.
Introduction to Global Economy
The AFL-CIO is an alliance of union workers. This site offers an overview of trade and some of the current concerns about globalization. Much of the content is in news article form.
The Citizens' Guide to Trade, Environment and Sustainability offers an overview of the world trading system and some of the issues faced in the realm of trade from an environmental perspective. Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) wants the world trade system to encourage environmental protection and a fair share of the world's wealth for everyone.
As part of CSIS's extensive website, this page offers in-depth and easy to understand information about the basics of trade. The pages of information, prepared by the Center for Strategic and international Studies also include graphs, charts and pictures and can be used by students and teachers to learn more about trade and its context in the world. CSIS is dedicated to providing world leaders strategic insights on global issues.
This About.com site, maintained by The New York Times, keeps an update of globalization issues around the world. It also features an extensive lists of links to learn more about the topic.
This website discusses issues affecting the global economy from the perspective of labor unions.
Geared toward mobilizing Americans to take an active part in democracy, this website also has a small but informative civics section for students and educators. This part of the site gives an overview of how the U.S. government deals with international policies including trade.
for World Trade
CWT is a grassroots-led organization of consumers that focuses on promotion of free and open trade. Part of its mission is education and it provides much of this education through news reports and conferences.
for World Trade Ed Fund
This site links the user to academic articles and government reports and information on various international trade, investment and international economic policy issues.
for International Economics
The Institute for International Economics is a nonpartisan research group for economic policy. It has an extensive website filled with information based on country, top, region and more.
Association of Manufacturers
NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States, representing U.S. manufacturers. Its website offers mostly information on manufacturing statistics and current issues.
The highlight of the Oxfam site is the policy papers which go into considerable depth about particular issues relating to international trade. Oxfam is a confederation of associations in 100 countries to alleviate poverty and injustice.
PPI promotes a shift away from traditional left-right politics toward a progressive "third way." Keeping with this mission, the trade section of its website offers information about trade and global markets through articles, reports, and statistics.
Global Trade Watch is a division of Public Citizen, a grassroots-based national consumer and environmental group founded by Ralph Nader. The group focuses on consumer advocacy, but its publications shed light on some of the most recent issues dealing with trade from a public interest perspective.
USA Engage is a broad-based coalition of Americans concerned about the proliferation of unilateral foreign policy sanctions at the federal, state, and local level. The organization reports on government activities to promote a more broad-based international policy.
States Chamber of Commerce
The U.S Chamber of Commerce discusses trade from the business perspective. Use this site to get information about how trade agreements or laws affect businesses.
Bank, International Monetary Fund
The World Bank and IMF's global exchange program focuses on human rights and justice around the world. Global Exchange, is an on-line organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world.
The World Factbook is a great general resource to gain information and background facts.
Although you must subscribe to World Trade Online, published by Inside US Trade, it is a great source for trade and policy information. It provides in-depth articles about current trade issues.
The ITC works between the United Nations Conference on Trade Development and the World Trade Organization, helping businesses develop international trade.
for Economic Cooperation and Development
The OECD is an international organization of 30 countries that provides information and research about the global market. Users can search the OECD site by country, topic or department and can also choose the type of document (statistic, publication, news article, etc.) desired.
The United Nations is a world organization of countries that facilitates international relations. The UN has four broad goals: "to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations." This site offers extensive trade information and also information about specific areas and countries.
The WTO is a global international organization that deals with the rules of trade between nations. In brief, the WTO helps businesses do business across borders, seas and oceans. The site offers several resources including in-depth research on specific trade issues, statistics, publications, news, and more.
Studies Center at Boston University
Use the African Studies Center at the Boston University to learn more about African history, issues today and trade-related activities for students.
The Brookings Institution is an independent think tank in Washington, DC that studies many areas of public policy, but with a special emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy. Look under Foreign Policy or also under the sections related to specific areas of the world.
CATO is a non-profit public-policy institute. It is named for Cato's Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution. It supports the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Cato has a large site, with resources in many areas of international trade and international affairs. To find pertinent areas on the site, look under "Research Areas." From there clink on the subheadings "international economics and development," "foreign policy," and "trade." The "trade" subheading takes you to the Center for Trade Policy Studies, dedicated to increasing the public understanding of benefits of free trade and the costs of protectionism.
of International Education
IIE offers different pages for students, educators, and scholars worldwide. This is a large site where you can find an extensive array of seminar offerings, resources and information about current issues. The focus of IIE is the International exchange of peoples and ideas.
The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank that provides research and news sources for many policy issues, including trade.
Government Sites on Trade
Trade Data System
ITDS is part of the Homeland Security initiative to provide international trade information. It focuses on information pertinent to governmental affairs, but also includes an extensive list of resources and profiles of specific industries.
States International Trade Commission
The USITC is an independent federal agency that works to advance the U.S. interest in international trade by providing information about unfair trade practices and reporting pertinent information to policymakers.
Abstract of US
The Census Bureau provides a detailed statistical analysis of the United States. This analysis includes a wealth of information. Users will find information about population, government spending and more.
Stat-USA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and provides statistical information from the federal government.
Office of Foreign Assets Control
OFAC is the part of the U.S. government responsible for enforcing sanctions based on foreign policy. OFAC's site provides information about trade enforcement and regulations. The Frequently Asked Questions section provides basic information for beginners in the realm of trade.
Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security
The BIS is "where industry and security intersect." Here users can find information and news about trade regulations, past trade cases and guidelines for how to safely and legally export a product.
Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As part of the U.S. government, the ITA provides information about current events in the world of trade. Mostly in the form of press releases and news articles, this site is excellent for very specific needs, such as searching for information on a specific industry.
Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
This Directorate controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List. It takes final action on license applications for controlled exports and handles matters related to defense trade compliance, enforcement, and reporting.
Department of International Information Programs
This website maintained by the Department of State about the U.S. Government has information about U.S. trade policy and regulation. Explore the "Resource Tools" link in order to get more helpful sites.
of the U.S. Trade Representative
This White House office is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The office provides U.S. government policy information about trade, and updated news about policy in action.
BBC News' world edition provides news highlights from around the globe.
A good general news site that provides up to date news on issues today as well as archived articles. Use the special reports in areas of interest to gain background information.
This website has extensive news on business and the economy from an international perspective.
A London-based paper focusing on business and financial news around the world.
New York Times
The online version of the New York Times, this paper offers coverage of many international issues.
This site contains links to newspaper websites within the United States and around the world. Use the drop box search engine on the homepage to search for papers by state or country. English versions of most sites are available.
This site contains additional information related to its radio programming. Its Business section has daily stories on the economic issues.
Online version of the Post. May require a free registration process to gain access to some articles.
Wall Street Journal
Online version of the Wall Street Journal.