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January 22, 2018

NAFTA
NAFTA Flags NAFTA, China, and the WTO: End of the Beginning, or Beginning of the End?

The next few weeks could be the most consequential for global trade since the final negotiations in December of 1993 that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Depending on the o…

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …

October 23, 2017

Asia
Make the Foreign Exchange Report Great (Again) Make the Foreign Exchange Report Great (Again)

The Trump Administration wants to bring down the U.S. trade deficit. A number of manufacturing-heavy Asian economies run sizable current account surpluses. Over the course of the summer, some of t…

January 25, 2017

Global
Play RTR3EQ2Z_EC.jpg A Conversation With Brian Moynihan

Brian Moynihan discusses U.S. and global markets, the global financial system in 2017, and how the banking industry is helping to drive the real economy.

September 21, 2017

Thailand
Thailand: Currency Manipulator? Thailand: Currency Manipulator?

The Trump Administration seems to think of currency manipulation primarily as an issue with China. But “currency” actually is a much broader issue. Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore all have bigger …

May 31, 2004

Sub-Saharan Africa
Freedom, Prosperity, and Security

Overview Africa, mired in poverty, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and armed conflict, has rightfully occupied a prominent place in the G8’s agenda over the past several years. This report, written in a…

April 12, 2017

Monetary Policy
When Did China “Manipulate” Its Currency? When Did China “Manipulate” Its Currency?

There is no single definition of manipulation, to be sure—so no way of definitively answering the question. Over the last ten or so years, manipulation has been equated with "buying foreign exchange …

April 10, 2017

Monetary Policy
Does Currency Pressure Work?  The Case of Taiwan Does Currency Pressure Work? The Case of Taiwan

I confess that I probably am the only person in the world who—setting aside the internal politics of the Trump White House—would be excited to write the Treasury’s foreign currency report this quarte…

March 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gordhan 032817 Rand Falls as Finance Minister Gordhan is Ordered Home

On March 27, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas were on an investor road show to the United Kingdom and the United States when they were abruptly ordered to ret…

February 26, 2017

International Organizations
Brendan McDermid/Reuters The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The UN’s top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda but its impact has varied widely among office holders since 1946.