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February 27, 2012

Education
President Obama at the Master Lock plant in Milwaukee on February 15, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Free Trade and Jobs

I am heading to Wisconsin tomorrow for a series of events on the topic of "Free Trade and Jobs," organized by the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I will be doing …

February 21, 2018

Asia
Trump_Vietnam_11.12.2017 The Trump Administration’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”: A Solid Idea, but Difficult to Pull Off

After declaring the “rebalance” to Asia dead, the Trump administration’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” strategy appears to be pursing similar goals: containing China’s ability to dominate Asia and bol…

January 23, 2018

Immigration and Migration
 African migrant holds a European Union flag Making Migration Work

The UN is right to underscore the benefits of broad-based international cooperation on migration, particularly regarding measures that could, over time, reduce migrant flows by improving conditions i…

January 30, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Pushing Free Trade Policy

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that it has become increasingly difficult to sell Americans on the merits of free trade in the current economic climate. "Frankly, more and more Americans of a…

November 13, 2017

India
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Want a Free and Open Indo-Pacific? Get India Into APEC

President Donald J. Trump just delivered a speech in Da Nang, Vietnam, that outlined his administration’s strategy toward Asia—with a heavy emphasis on a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.” He shoul…

October 18, 2017

India
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives to deliver remarks on Relationship with India for the Next Century at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, U.S., October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Tillerson on India: Partners in a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific"

This morning Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson delivered a speech on India to frame his visit to the country next week. Tillerson has offered formal speeches infrequently, and has been less visible…

January 2, 2018

Economics
Graduating students arrive for commencement exercises at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 20, 2013. The Missing Ingredients of Growth

This post is co-authored by Karen Karniol-Tambour, Head of Investment Research at Bridgewater Associates. Several positive macroeconomic trends suggest that the global economy could finally be in …

February 23, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-President-Ramaphosa-SONA The State of President Ramaphosa’s Nation

The ascendancy of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of South Africa has been greeted with a mix of enthusiasm, relief, and skepticism. It comes as South Africa prepares to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and it is worth remembering that Ramaphosa was Mandela’s first choice as his deputy.

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 21, 2018

Bahrain
Can Bahrain Be Saved?

Yesterday the government of Bahrain condemned a leading human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, to five years in prison. His crime: tweeting. Rajab has been in and out of prison for years for such “c…