Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. His many books and publications include Swap: How Trade Works with Philip Levy, a concise introduction to the principles of world economics, and Telecoms and the Huawei conundrum: Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States, an AEI Economic Studies analysis that explores the case of Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei and its commitment to long-term investment in the US.
Consultant, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 1982-85
Co-Staff Director, President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, 1979-81
Professional Staff Member, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, U.S. Senate, 1977-79
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1974-77
Reporter, National Journal, 1970-74
Faculty, University of Munich, 1968-69; Yale University, 1962-69
Sen. Patrick Leahy’s version of the USA Freedom Act is more restrictive on intelligence agencies’ operations that any other bill. While some say it is a compromise, there can be major pitfalls and backlash from the security community.
Despite German outrage at U.S. spying, some have questioned if the government had been truly clueless. Nonetheless, the U.S. mishandled the situation in a way that has damaged the vital diplomatic relationship between the two allies.
The May 19 indictment of five Chinese military hackers is factually weak and conceptually flawed. The administration will need to tone down its moral indignation in order to reach an international agreement with China on broad cybersecuirty challenges.