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November 29, 2017

United States
Trump speech_9.27.2017 Trump Might Seem Pro-Business … But He Could Do Great Harm to Business

Throughout his first ten months in office, President Trump has portrayed himself not only as a champion for workers—a debatable claim—but also an important friend to American business. He has stacked…

May 16, 2013

International Organizations
Doing Business at the World Bank

A showdown is looming at the World Bank over whether to discontinue or water down the Bank’s annual "Doing Business" Report.  As reported here, and blogged about here, and here, China is leading the …

October 4, 2016

Cybersecurity
CFR Cyber Net Politics Risky Business: When Governments Do Not Attribute State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Kristen Eichensehr is an Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Law, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Rel…

February 7, 2018

United States
Do Not Overlook the December Trade Data Do Not Overlook the December Trade Data

The increase in the non-oil trade deficit in December should be getting more attention. It matters more than the year-over-year rise in the 2017 trade deficit.

February 9, 2018

China
Military troops march during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing, China. China Is Gaining on the United States. What Are We Doing About It?

Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ely Ratner is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for …

March 7, 2012

Trade
GE Chairman Jeff Immelt; Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris; and Boeing Company Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney speak on the panel "The Future of Manufacturing: Growing American Competitiveness" in Washington on February 13, 2012 (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Competitiveness: What American Business Can and Should Do (In Its Own Interests)

U.S. competitiveness is mostly about the private sector--how well companies are doing selling goods and services domestically and internationally, and how much of that success is being passed on to A…

January 16, 2018

Renewable Energy
Wind turbines stand above the plains north of Amarillo, Texas, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Clean Energy Might Reduce Global Warming, But What Will It Do to Geopolitics?

This post is co-written by Sagatom Saha, Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and Visiting Fellow at the Dixi Group. Read Varun Sivaram and Sagatom Saha’s new book chapter, “The Geopolitical Implications of a…

February 16, 2018

Asia
Berlusconi_1.11.2018 Populism May Have a Banner Year in 2018—and 2019 Too

By the middle of 2017, following Emmanuel Macron’s dominant victory in France’s elections, the relative underperformance of populist parties in elections in the Netherlands, and the backlash in the U…

October 16, 2012

Corporate Governance
Delegates arrive at the eighth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Geneva on December 15, 2011 (Denis Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters). Tackling the Real Barriers to U.S. Business Abroad

The U.S.-China Business Council’s just-released survey on the environment for U.S. companies doing business in China is far more striking for what it doesn’t say than what it does. Of the top ten pro…

February 14, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-No-Confidence The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.