U.S. Trade and Investment in the Middle East and North Africa: Overview and Issues for Congress [January 20, 2012] [open pdf - 849KB]
"In order to support democratic political transitions and stability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), policymakers in Congress and elsewhere are discussing potentially using U.S. trade and investment to bolster long-term economic growth in the region. For example, President Obama has called for the creation of a 'Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative' in the MENA region, and some Members of Congress have called for deeper economic ties with Arab countries undergoing profound change. This report analyzes policy approaches that the Congress might consider concerning U.S.-MENA trade and investment."
CRS Report for Congress, R42153