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March 6, 2019

United States
Why Trump Should Stop Pushing Workers to Where Jobs Are Scarce

Ever since his campaign, Trump has trumpeted blue-collar job growth as a top policy goal. He pledged to “bring back” mining jobs, boost spending on infrastructure and construction, and spur manuf…

Why Trump Should Stop Pushing Workers to Where Jobs Are Scarce

January 28, 2019

United States
Lies, Damned Lies, and Indexes: Unlike the Big Mac, Our Mini Mac Finds Dollar Fairly Valued

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May 21, 2019

South Africa
South Africa’s Blackouts Demonstrate Need for Distributed Energy Resources

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations and Payce Madden, researcher in African development. South …

A shopper looks for goods during an electricity load-shedding blackout in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 12, 2019.

February 15, 2019

United States
Why Schumer and Sanders Are Wrong on Buybacks

In a widely discussed New York Times op-ed, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders excoriated share buybacks as “corporate self-indulgence,” diverting profits away from investment and worker c…

Why Schumer and Sanders Are Wrong on Buybacks

January 18, 2019

United States
Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

“Our Steel Industry is the talk of the World,” President Trump tweeted in September. “It has been given new life, and is thriving.” Yet nearly a year after Trump slapped tariffs on imported st…

Trump’s Tariffs Are Killing American Steel

January 14, 2019

China
To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector

China’s leaders have vowed to boost flagging economic growth with greater government spending on infrastructure. Is this a wise bet? Since 2010, China has spent roughly eight percent of GDP on…

To Boost Flagging Growth, China Doubles Down on Its Least Productive Sector

December 18, 2018

United States
Trump’s Trade War With China Makes Russia Great Again

“Tariffs will make our country much richer than it is today,” President Trump tweeted in August. So far, there’s not much evidence of that. As the left-hand graphic above shows, U.S. exports to C…

Trump’s Trade War With China Makes Russia Great Again

April 12, 2019

Israel
What Israel’s Election Means for Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigned on his tough diplomacy and his relationship with U.S. President Donald J. Trump. What happens now for the Palestinian peace process?

Benjamin Netanyahu election rally

December 20, 2018

United States
115 Percent of Trump’s China Tariff Revenue Goes to Paying Off Angry Farmers

“Billions of Dollars are pouring into the coffers of the U.S.A.,” tweeted President Trump last month, “because of the Tariffs being charged to China.” It would be nice if it were true. But it …

115 Percent of Trump’s China Tariff Revenue Goes to Paying Off Angry Farmers

March 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights: What’s at Stake With Trump’s Recognition

President Trump’s reversal of half-century-old U.S. policy will in practice change little in the strategic territory occupied by Israel, but it could have far-reaching diplomatic reverberations.

Israeli troops train in the Golan Heights.