Trade Primer: Qs and As on Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy [January 5, 2011] [open pdf - 314KB]
"The 112th Congress has a full legislative and oversight agenda on international trade. The agenda may include considering legislation to implement pending free trade agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia, enhanced enforcement of U.S. trade agreements, as well as oversight of the World Trade Organization's Doha Round and trade relations with China. This report provides information and context for many of these topics. It is intended to be read primarily by members and staff who may be new to trade issues. This report is divided into four sections in a question-and-answer format: trade concepts, U.S. trade performance, formulation of U.S. trade policy, and trade and investment issues. Additional suggested readings are provided in an appendix."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33944
U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/