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January 24, 2018

United States
Adjustment Is Hard, Especially if it Involves the Dollar Adjustment Is Hard, Especially if it Involves the Dollar

Trump’s tax cut has not, to date, unleashed a wave of global demand for U.S. dollar assets. In fact, the dollar weakened as prospects for the tax cut—and associated rise in the U.S. federal budget…

November 28, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …

June 22, 2018

Yemen
An Emirati soldier escorts Yemen's prime minister in the port city of Mukha. How the UAE Wields Power in Yemen

The Gulf nation’s ground troops have cultivated alliances in Yemen with local armed groups, but its ability to shape the civil war’s outcome is limited.

June 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_6.11.2018 After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

Following the surprise victory by Malaysia’s (former) opposition coalition in national elections in May, a spirit of jubilation erupted in much of the country, at least in regions not won by UMNO, th…

June 19, 2018

Taiwan
Representatives of Taiwan and the United States place items in a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex in Taipei. Is Washington Boosting Ties With Taiwan?

The opening of a new U.S. diplomatic compound in Taipei doesn’t mark a major change in ties, but the Trump administration has taken new approaches to dealing with China over Taiwan.

June 15, 2018

Russia
Reagan and Gorbachev Signing the INF Treaty Can Reagan Show Trump How to Save the INF Treaty?

If the President wants to use an arms build-up to advance arms control, he should take his cues from the Reagan record.

June 16, 2018

North Korea
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The Singapore Summit’s Uncertain Legacy

The Singapore summit lessened the chances of conflict in the short term, but the ultimate legacy of the summit could still be a march toward war.

June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong Un Cyber Whether The Kim-Trump Summit in Singapore Succeeds or Fails, North Korean Cyberattacks Likely to Continue

Getting Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons will be hard. Getting him to give up North Korea's formidable offensive cyber capability will be even harder. 

June 14, 2018

Argentina
People walk past a grafitti that reads "IMF (International Monetary Fund), never again" during a demonstration to demand jobs and social benefits in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1, 2018. Argentina’s IMF Package Could Trigger Ugly Blowback

Markets welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $50 billion rescue stabilization package last week, which seems to be stabilizing the peso. But the financial umbrella will be costly. Rightly or wrongly, Argentines blame the IMF for precipitating their country's worst economic crisis. In the eyes of many voters, the mere association will damage President Mauricio Macri’s standing.