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April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

March 8, 2019

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

Chinese steel factory

August 29, 2017

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…

A woman walks past the poster of a bank branch in Beijing, China.

August 2, 2017

Economics
Explaining Global Recovery Amid Political Recession

MILAN – In the summer, as life slows down, there is space to reflect on fundamental issues. One of the key puzzles occupying my mind of late is the disconnect between widespread political dysfunction…

Protester Removed from Trump Rally Reuters

March 23, 2006

Homeland Security
Michael Chertoff

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June 17, 2014

Trade
A Conversation on the President's Trade Agenda with Michael Froman

Yesterday, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman visited the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss President Obama's trade agenda. In a conversation with former U.S. Trade Representative Charlen…

November 23, 2015

Global
A Conversation With Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg discusses the threat of international climate change.

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June 29, 2017

Economics
Should We Be Worried About Productivity Trends?

This article was co-authored with Sandile Hlatshwayo. She recently received her PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and will join the International Monetary Fund in the fal…

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May 22, 2017

Economics
How to Be an Open Economy

MILAN – The word “openness” has two related but distinct connotations. It can mean that something is unrestricted, accessible, and possibly vulnerable; or it can mean that something, such as a person…

Worker-Factory-Aircraft Engine-Reuters

May 3, 2017

European Union
Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s …

A demonstrator wears an EU flag.