position paper


Definition of position paper 

: a detailed report that recommends a course of action on a particular issue

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Japan submitted a position paper Friday to the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to the Japanese trade ministry. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, "Japan to US: Any new auto tariffs would damage US, world economy," 29 June 2018 Japan submitted a position paper Friday to the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to the Japanese trade ministry. Washington Post, "Japan to US: Auto tariff would damage US, world economy," 29 June 2018 How the political mania over 5G led back to a Sprint-T-Mobile merger started back in February, when a controversial White House position paper on 5G and the wireless industry leaked. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How 5G Mania in Washington Could Help Sprint and T-Mobile Finally Merge," 30 Apr. 2018 During the March 12 village board meeting, trustees discussed a position paper from the Illinois Municipal League regarding a proposal that would lower the threshold for home rule status. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Home rule in River Forest? Proposal to lower population threshold in state could make it possible," 28 Mar. 2018 No formal announcement, no position papers had been prepared; significant cabinet officers, such as the secretaries of Defense and State, were caught off-guard, as were his party leaders in the Congress. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "Donald Trump Is a Walking Maelstrom," 8 Mar. 2018 The council's resolution and accompanying position paper detailing further information and history on this topic can be found at pwsrcac.org. Robert Archibald, Anchorage Daily News, "Safe oil transportation in Prince William Sound: Are we really so far apart?," 4 Mar. 2018 Even so, in a national position paper, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned of the consequences for women's care. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catholic-affiliated All Saints Hospital in Racine criticized for ceasing tubal ligation," 22 Feb. 2018 June’s disastrous election forced a rethink and a series of position papers came in its wake. Simon Kennedy, Bloomberg.com, "How Theresa May’s Negotiating Position Has Changed," 21 Sep. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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: a written report from an organization or government that discusses a particular issue and suggests what should be done

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