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May 15, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
CPTPP signing What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

June 19, 2018

Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald J. Trump holds a rally with supporters in an arena in Youngstown, Ohio on July 25, 2017. America First Policies Leave America Alone and Disadvantaged

Trump's rebellion against the rules-based order may give the United States more freedom of action, but it undermines the ability of the United States to influence its own future in a global era.

June 19, 2018

Fossil Fuels
Two persons pass the logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in front of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018. OPEC's Vienna Meeting: The Challenge of Failing National Oil Companies

As energy ministers from major oil producing countries gather in Vienna this week to discuss the stability of global oil markets, the variables that will dictate outcomes have rapidly shifted. Pre-me…

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Jean-Jacques Badibanga,  James Stewart, and Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda are seen in a court room of the ICC before the delivery of the judgment in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba in the Hague, 2016. Women This Week: Impunity at the ICC

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 9 to June 15, was compiled with supp…

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

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.

June 13, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Jacob-Zuma-Corruption-Tax-Evasion-SARS Zuma’s Corruption Stalls Popular Trust in South African Taxation

There are signs that South Africans are reverting to the non-payment of taxes. The Treasury estimates that half of the revenue shortfall in 2017 resulted from personal income taxes that the government had budgeted for but were not paid. In the short term, the revenue short fall is compelling Ramaphosa to raise the VAT.

June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Omayma al Hushan, 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, speaks at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp. A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone

New data from UNICEF indicates that 25 million child marriages were averted over the last decade, proving that child marriage is not an intractable problem. Despite good news, progress has been uneve…

June 6, 2018

North Korea
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

June 1, 2018

India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su A Few Thoughts on Narendra Modi’s Shangri-La Dialogue Speech

Earlier today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Shangri-La Dialogue. Given India’s limited participation in recen…