Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is International Program Director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Her work has focused on bringing developing countries' perspectives into public debates on trade, food security and economic policy.

khansenkuhn@iatp.org

 

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Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:30am
From TPP to TTIP: Clues to New Food Trade Rules
While civil society groups around the world raise a variety of concerns about the substance of free trade agreements, for the most part their criticisms begin with the lack of transparency. Instead of a robust public debate on the merits of the issues under negotiation, civil society groups are...
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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 10:30am
Trade Rules Create Obstacle Course for a Better Food System
There were some decidedly Kafkaesque aspects of the Congressional debate this week on Fast Track legislation, designed to speed through the passage of secret trade deals that could have a serious impact on our food system. At first, the Senate refused to approve a bill to limit debate on Fast Track...
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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 11:15am
TTIP Global Day of Action: Take a Picture!
One of the most surprising parts of my visits to Europe around trade issues has been the misconceptions people have about the U.S. And I’m not talking about generalizations about problems in our food system, but the idea that all Americans support free trade agreements. At a recent meeting in...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
We’re Fed Up! 50,000 in Berlin Say No to TTIP
We are hearing more and more news from Europe that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is running into stiff head winds, and I had the pleasure of seeing this growing storm of opposition first-hand in Berlin last week. I attended a series of events culminating in the WIR HABEN...
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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:45am
Supply But No Demand: U.S. Pushes Hormone Beef in Trade Deal
One of the big sticking points in the TTIP talks has been the EU’s prohibition on imports of beef treated with growth hormones. EU officials continue to insist the issue is off the table, but U.S. officials keep pushing it right back on. Just this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack...
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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:15am
Trade vs. Local Economies: Procurement on the Table
Communities across the United States and Europe are working to transform local economic systems so that they are more sustainable and equitable. Many states and communities are utilizing public procurement programs to support those efforts, especially bidding preferences for healthy, locally grown...
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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00pm
Time to End Corporate Trade Regime's Global Attack on Democracy
Thousands of farmers, environmentalists and fair trade activists will gather on October 11 in over 300 events across Europe to protest the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and promote positive alternatives to the current rhetoric of free trade agreements. Europeans have the...
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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 2:15pm
The Anti-Localization Agenda in TTIP
When U.S. and EU officials talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), they say it will bring the two economies together as leaders in the global economy. Just this week, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that, “TTIP should...
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:28am
Obama Administration Told to Stop Expanding 'Corporate Rghts' in Trade Agreements
One of the most controversial provisions in free trade agreements is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which gives corporations the right to sue governments over public measures that undermine their expected profits. It’s a pretty outrageous assault on democratic structures. In fact, when I tell people new to the trade debate about it, at first they often don’t believe me.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:43am
Agriculture in TPP: Repeating NAFTA’s Mistakes
Farmers, union, environmental and women’s activists gathered in Mexico City last week to take stock of the lessons from NAFTA and plan strategies to confront the next big threat: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). One of the earliest lessons from the NAFTA experience was that people and environments in all three countries were affected. The stories from Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
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