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, 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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Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:16pm
NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Farmer
One of the clearest stories to emerge in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented is the devastation wreaked on the Mexican countryside by dramatic increases in imports of cheap U.S. corn.
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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 8:14am
NAFTA and US Farmers—20 Years Later
A Spanish version of this commentary originally appeared in La Jornada .
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Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:22am
Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System
After being delayed by the U.S. government shutdown, talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are quietly gearing up again. Tariff barriers between the U.S. and EU are already low, so these negotiations are focused squarely on achieving “regulatory coherence.” In other words, industry lobby groups and their political allies on both sides of the Atlantic see the trade deal as an opportunity to get rid of rules and regulations that limit their ability to buy and sell goods and services. The outcome of TTIP has implications for the rest of the world.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:24am
Trade Secrets – Draft EU Documents Reveal Trade Agenda With US
Transparency and trade negotiations don’t seem to go together these days. Recent revelations in Spiegel disclosed that the U.S.
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Friday, December 9, 2011 - 8:50am
The Sound of Food Sovereignty in Durban
The launch of the African Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) began with rounds of joyous song, specifically a variant of a South African protest song: My mother was a kitchen girl My father was a garden boy That’s why I’m a farmer now
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:45am
A Volatile Agenda on Agriculture
Barack Obama's trade policy, as embodied by the pending U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, sadly resembles George W. Bush's blueprint. It promotes export growth and investment at the expense of local economies and resilient food systems. This is unfortunate, not only because it fails to deliver the "21 st -century" trade agenda President Obama promised on the campaign trail, but also because it ignores some of the key lessons from NAFTA and the 2008 global food price crisis.
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