July 2, 2018China
Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Roa…
June 15, 2018Southeast Asia
Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…
May 16, 2018Nigeria
There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.
November 14, 2018Southeast Asia
For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell—at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a…
November 9, 2018China
“I think China’s manipulating their currency, absolutely,” President Trump said back in August. Yet the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) was, and has been, intervening to keep the RMB up, and not to…
October 18, 2018Venezuela
Bankrolling the region’s biggest humanitarian disaster won’t win Beijing many friends.
February 12, 2018China
China's balance of payments data doesn't show any material increase in the pace of offshore lending.