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November 23, 2010

Politics and Government
Obama’s Gamble Obama’s Gamble

The White House can count well as anyone else.  Passing the New START Treaty during the lame-duck session means holding all fifty-eight Senate Democrats and picking up nine Republican votes.  But…

May 18, 2012

Labor and Employment
A row of slot machines. (Courtesy / Flickr) Policy Initiative Spotlight: Gambling Your Way out of Debt

Thirty U.S. states projected budget shortfalls for FY 2013, and the options for bridging these gaps without major cuts to services such as education or transportation are dwindling. Dollars from the …

May 22, 2018

Trade
Soybeans China Trump's China Deal is the Worst Ever

Accord focused on soybeans and gas does nothing about huge tech-sector challenges.

May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on indepen­dent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known…

March 22, 2018

Trade
China US Currency The Trump Tariffs on China: A Perilous Moment

The new tariffs are a high-stake gamble that economic shock and awe can succeed where negotiations have failed.

April 5, 2018

Botswana
Botswana-President-Mokgweetsi-Masisi Bucking Authoritarian Trend, Botswana Welcomes Its Fifth New President

Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.

March 15, 2018

Religion
Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

March 9, 2018

China
Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

March 9, 2018

World Trade Organization (WTO)
WTO/Reuters Trump, China, and Steel Tariffs: The Day the WTO Died

President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will destroy an already weakened World Trade Organization.