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January 5, 2018

United States
tax backgrounder header How Will the Tax Overhaul Affect U.S. Competitiveness?

President Trump and Republican lawmakers say their tax legislation will increase the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, but experts are divided over whether it will spur growth, and many are …

December 12, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-informal-economy-workers-vendors-mnangagwa Zimbabwe’s Informal Economy Has High Expectations for Change

Though President Mnangagwa faces a withered and splintered democratic opposition, a key test for him and his government will be how restive informal workers like street vendors and their associations fare in the coming years.

November 6, 2013

Immigration and Migration
Legatum6 - LAM How Latin America Fares in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index

The Legatum Institute, a London-based policy organization, just published its annual Prosperity Index. Using eighty-nine indicators across eight indices—economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, gov…

October 15, 2017

Iran
Mrs. Clinton and the Trump Nuclear Decision

Hillary Clinton is now complaining that President Trump has broken America’s word with his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA. For reasons I will explain below, this is a subject on whic…

October 11, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017. Trump, the World Bank, and the IMF: Explaining the Dog that Didn’t Bark (Yet)

A big surprise of Donald Trump’s “America First” presidency has been the moderate tone he has adopted toward the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which hold their annual meetings in …

September 15, 2017

United Nations
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley following a Security Council meeting at the United Nations in New York on April 28, 2017. Trump and Guterres: A Diplomatic Odd Couple

Coauthored with Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. When Donald Trump takes the podium at the Uni…

September 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
BRICS Leaders 2017 Cyber Week in Review: September 8, 2017

This week: a compromise at Equifax, Russian trolls pay Facebook for ad space, the BRICS summit, and an internet outage in Togo.

August 29, 2017

China
A woman walks past the poster of a bank branch in Beijing, China. The Global Economy’s New Rule-Maker

MILAN – In a recent commentary for the South China Morning Post, Helen Wong, HSBC’s chief executive for Greater China, shows that China’s rising generation of 400 million young consumers will soon ac…

August 7, 2017

Sanctions
Economic-Sanctions.jpg What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution.

August 2, 2017

Pakistan
A man reads a newspaper with news about the disqualification of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court, at a news stand in Peshawar, Pakistan July 29, 2017. Is There Any Way to Help Pakistan Improve Governance?

Last Friday, under a narrow and never-before-utilized clause of the Pakistani constitution, one focused on moral probity, Pakistan’s Supreme Court deemed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to be …