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February 22, 2018

China
Electric trucks are shown at BYD headquarters in Shenzhen, China May 25, 2016. China’s Coming Challenge to the U.S. Petro-Economy

U.S. oil production is set to surpass its all-time record monthly high (first set in 1970), and U.S. liquefied natural gas exports are roaring ahead, with 800 billion cubic feet already shipped since…

February 15, 2018

United States
Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda Trump’s Tax Success Is at the Expense of His Trade Agenda

It looks like a combination of tax cuts and spending increases will raise the U.S. fiscal deficit by about 2 percentage points of GDP (that’s the number Krugman used; Goldman’s US economics team puts…

January 23, 2018

Venezuela
The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela December 1, 2017. How Much Worse Can it Get for Venezuela’s State Oil Firm PDVSA?

Venezuela’s latest attempt to raise capital by issuing a cryptocurrency, the petro, linked allegedly to its Orinoco oil reserves is problematical on so many levels, it is hard to know how to comment …

December 15, 2017

United States
Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters Why The Trade Balance (Still) Matters

It is a useful indicator (even for the U.S.)

December 8, 2017

South Korea
Korean Won Up, New Taiwan Dollar Flat: An Update on Asian Intervention Korean Won Up, New Taiwan Dollar Flat: An Update on Asian Intervention

Korea didn’t stop the won from appreciating through 1090 (its intervention level in 2016); Taiwan seems to be blocking any move through 30.

November 29, 2017

China
female-entrepreneur To Make China’s Female Entrepreneurs Count, Let’s Go Beyond Just Counting Them

Natalie Au is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This week, the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit began in Hyderabad, India, focusing on the theme of “Women…

November 8, 2017

Cybersecurity
WhatsApp Building a Defensible Cyberspace

It is commonly understood that cyberspace favors attackers over the defenders. A new report argues that flipping the offense-defence balance is possible. 

October 10, 2017

Space
A remodeled SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company, satellites owned by Orbcomm, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The Outer Space Treaty’s Midlife Funk

The following is a guest post by Kyle Evanoff, research associate in international economics and U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of th…

August 31, 2017

Global Governance
Danish Siddiqui/Reuters How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

July 26, 2017

Venezuela
A demonstrator during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela. Can Venezuela Resurrect Its Economy?

President Nicolas Maduro has neither the desire nor the capacity to institute the market reforms and debt restructuring needed to revive Venezuela’s sinking economy, says economist Ricardo Hausmann.