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Competing with China: Lessons From the Belt and Road

To compete with China's Belt and Road, the U.S. should focus on R&D, immigration, technology, and trade. Read More

Trump’s Trade Wars, and Now COVID-19, Are Unraveling Trade As We Know It
In this new analysis for World Politics Review, I take a deep dive into what is happening with global supply chains, whether the United States and China are moving towards economic "decoupling," and …
The States and Reopening Under COVID-19: Why We Need North American Cooperation
This post is coauthored by Laurie Trautman, the director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Edward Alden, …
After the Pandemic: Can the United States Finally Retool for the Twenty-First Century?
Over the more than half a century since the United States embraced its integration into the global economy, it has produced both the strongest and the weakest of the advanced economies. The streng…
  • U.S. Congress
    Andrew Yang’s Moment: The Economic Costs of the Pandemic Mean the Time for UBI Is Now
    As fears of the growing coronavirus pandemic are leading to something close to a temporary shutdown of the U.S. economy, the moment has come to listen to the most important young political voice in t…
  • Trade
    Smaller Countries Lose in the U.S.–China Trade Deal
    Since the phase one trade deal between China and the United States was inked on 15 January, much of the commentary has focused on the overly ambitious targets for Chinese purchases of US goods. Criti…
  • Homeland Security
    Crackdown by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Likely to Drive a Deeper Wedge Between Canada and U.S.
    Those entering the United States at Peace Arch and other western border ports of entry are facing a stepped up enforcement regime that creates significant risks for all southbound travelers.
  • Trade
    What to Look for in the “Phase One” U.S.-China Trade Deal
    On Wednesday, January 15, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald J. Trump will sign the “phase one” trade agreement that has been in the works since the March 22, 2018, determination u…
  • Trade
    Congress Should Use the USMCA Ratification Process to Restore Congressional Authority Over Trade
    With the signing of the Protocol of Amendment to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on December 10, 2019, the battle over USMCA now moves to the Congress. Throughout the two-and-a-half…
  • Trade
    The USMCA Breakthrough: The New U.S. Trade Consensus and What it Means for the World
    In the history of the domestic politics of trade, the breakthrough announced this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a genuine milestone. Following intensive negotiations—in…
  • Trade
    The October Truce on U.S.-China Trade Failed to Address Subsidies
    Concern that China's subsidies caused a flood of cheap imports was what started the U.S.-China trade war in the first place, but subsidies were not mentioned even once when President Trump announced "phase one" of a trade deal with China. A genuine solution to the China trade problem will require forcefully addressing the unmentioned subsidy issues.