This database collects the full text of over 750 commitments entered into by various U.S. states with foreign governments to cooperate on issues ranging from economic development to environmental protection. Some examples of these commitments include:
These commitments and others like them offer benefits such as:
But they also offer potential risks. They could:
Despite these stakes, federal (and most state) law does not require states to disclose their commitments to Congress or the public.
This database represents the first attempt to collect these state commitments. Most of the 750 commitments have never before been published. Furthermore, select commitments are annotated by the editor, providing additional insight to these fascinating and little-understood documents.