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June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018. At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

June 4, 2018

China
Wilbur Ross visits China Trump and China: When More is Less

Wilbur Ross has returned from Beijing empty-handed. This should be no surprise. President Trump undercut his own China trade negotiator by yet again threatening to levy a 25 percent tariff on $50 bil…

June 4, 2018

Trade
Trucks wait in the queue for border customs control to cross into U.S. at the World Trade Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico April 5, 2018. Mexico Knows How to Fight a Trade War

Mexico's retaliatory tariffs (on some types of steel, lamps, cheese, pork, apples, grapes, and cranberries) will swat at Trump’s political base.

May 31, 2018

United States
US-Debt-BGR-Header-2-1160x630.jpg The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $15 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress are poised to add massively to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

May 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
Bolton Cyber Week in Review: May 11, 2018

This week: abolishing the cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House, work stoppage at ZTE, and kicking Nazis off the internet. 

April 6, 2018

Trade
President Trump Tariffs Who Will Walk Trump Back From This Trade War?

The president doesn't care about the damage he's doing, but others must.

April 4, 2018

China
Soybeans being sorted Trump and Xi Agree: Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain

Perhaps President Trump will succeed in reducing the bilateral trade deficit with China simply by reducing bilateral trade.

April 3, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Race-Racism-White-Woman-Sentenced Court Decision Shines Light on Race Relations in South Africa

There has been backlash among white South Africans. Some have argued that she was upset after having just been robbed (this was part of her defense in court as well), while others have complained that black insults and threats to whites—especially by political figures—have gone unpunished.

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.

February 6, 2018

Olympics
East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.