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August 2, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018. What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…

July 26, 2018

Vietnam
Is Vietnam the New China? Is Vietnam the New China?

Vietnam appears to be taking a page out of China's post-WTO playbook by intervening to keep its currency weak and its exports strong.

July 12, 2018

Russia
GRU indictment Cyber Week in Review: July 13, 2018

This week: the United States indicts GRU officers, Russia's plans on cyber issues for the upcoming UN General Assembly, Twitter disconnects bots, an iOS update that will annoy cops, and a UN panel on…

July 9, 2018

China
Staff members set up Chinese and U.S. flags for a meeting between Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Ministry of Transport of China in Beijing, China April 27, 2018 U.S.-China Trade War: How We Got Here

Background reading for the trade war with China.

June 29, 2018

United States
Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data

The impact of the U.S. tax reform on the U.S. trade balance was a hot item of debate last December. There was an argument that reducing the headline tax rate—and creating an even lower tax for the…

June 27, 2018

Europe
EU Juncker How Europe Can Promote a Free and Open Internet

For two decades, Europe has followed the United States' lead and advocated for a “free and open” internet. The prevalence of online censorship and disinformation has severely tested that approach.

June 25, 2018

China
The Right and the Wrong Ways to Adjust the U.S.-China Trade Balance The Right and the Wrong Ways to Adjust the U.S.-China Trade Balance

The best way of painting a more accurate picture of the economic relationship between China and the U.S.? Add in data on U.S. exports to Hong Kong.

June 21, 2018

China
What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio? What Would Happen if China Started Selling Off Its Treasury Portfolio?

Just how important have foreign inflows been to the Treasury market?  

June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The mineral is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

May 31, 2018

Digital Policy
Pompeo Cyber Week in Review: June 1, 2018

This week: the State Department releases long awaited cyber strategies, Apple gets sucked into the Russia-Telegram fight, and Papua New Guinea bans Facebook.