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May 15, 2017

Economics
French Elections and the Remaining Populist Challenge

Emmanuel Macron received a strong endorsement from French voters in yesterday’s second round election, winning around 66 percent of the vote.  While abstentions were up from the last election (an est…

May 1, 2017

Europe
Brexit: Now for the Hard Part

The weekend’s European Union (EU) Summit provided little love for UK prime minister Theresa May. Leaders approved a tough opening position in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, and warned against “com…

Apr 24, 2017

Le Pen French election 1st round France After the Election: What Next for Economic Policy in Europe?

French election results show Emmanuel Macron in first place with 23.9 percent of the vote and Marine Le Pen in second with 21.4 percent, setting the stage for a run-off election on May 7. Early polls…

Apr 17, 2017

United States
Currency Wars: China Escapes a Manipulation Charge

On balance, the report reaffirms that, while trade and not exchange rates is likely to be the primary battleground for U.S. economic relations in the future, exchange rates remain a flash point.

Mar 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

Mar 16, 2017

Europe
Dutch Elections and the European Economy

European markets celebrated the strong electoral showing by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party (VVD), which looks to ensure another term for him leading a center-right coalition in the Netherlands. Th…

Mar 2017

Greece
Global Economics Monthly: March 2017

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn writes that Greece and its creditors are again locked in a showdown over reforms, cash, and debt relief. Another cliff-hanger ahead of heavy July debt payments looks likely. Extend-and-pretend is a dead end for Greece and an increasingly populist Europe, and a more ambitious agreement seems ruled out by bailout fatigue in creditor countries. Markets are once again underestimating the risks of “Grexit.”

Mar 1, 2017

United States
The President’s Economic Agenda: the Fight Begins

President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last night highlighted the central economic themes that animated his campaign: a tougher policy on immigration and trade, a focus on infrastru…

May 19, 2017

Maternal and Child Health
Maternity Hospital, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Women Around the World: This Week

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 May 14 to May 19, was compiled with suppo…

Jan 30, 2017

Economics
The Long-Term Economic Costs of the President’s Executive Order on Immigration

For all the human disruption and confusion associated with President Trump’s executive order on immigration released on Friday, it is also worth noting the potential for substantial negative macroeco…