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A farmer harvests in a crop field in Yili, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, October 3, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

China’s Use of Forced Labor in Xinjiang—A Wake-Up Call Heard Round the World?

The United States and its partners are starting to pay closer attention to global labor abuses. More must be done, however, to ensure the United States' tools are up to the challenge.  Read More

Technology and Innovation
To Protect U.S. Economic and National Security, Biden Should Address Concentration in the Defense Sector
Reforming the defense sector, and exploring alternative pathways for federal investment, should be priorities for the Biden administration.
Trade
Biden’s Trade Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape—And it Begins in Europe
Europe holds the key to President Biden's trade agenda. 
COVID-19
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, …
  • Competitiveness
    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.
  • Trade
    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 …
  • COVID-19
    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…