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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 7, 2018

Political History and Theory
Marshall Plan Teaching Notes The Marshall Plan

Teaching Notes for The Marshall Plan, written by CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil

April 17, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs May June 2018 Cover A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on indepen­dent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known…

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.

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 28, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Nhlanhla-Nene-Finance-Minister-Ramaphosa President Ramaphosa's Positive Cabinet Reshuffle in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet is a significant improvement over his predecessor's and will reassure domestic and international investors.

January 23, 2018

Renewable Energy
Solar Panel Tariffs Trump's Solar Tariffs Create Far More Losers Than Winners

President Trump announced the first sweeping tariffs of his administration, enacting tariffs on solar panels and components from nearly every country in the world—but they create virtually no winners…

January 10, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mnangagwa-Mzembi-Mugabe-Grace Mnangagwa Tightens the Screws in Zimbabwe

In the short term, Mnangagwa’s strategy of economic liberalization while maintaining Mugabe’s illiberal political system (despite some new faces at the top) is likely to succeed.