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February 1, 1998

Japan
The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance in the 21st Century

Overview The issue of the future of U.S.-Japan security ties is an extremely timely one. Events such as the rape incident in Okinawa and massive public demonstrations in Japan against the U.S. tro…

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October 1, 2000

Colombia
U.S. Interests and Objectives in Colombia

Overview Colombia today faces a profound national crisis, more wrenching than any in its history. Political and criminal violence are endemic, fueled by enormous profits from the illegal drug trad…

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November 17, 1999

Trade
Who Decides? Congress and the Debate Over Trade Policy in 1934 and 1974

Introduction Governor Adlai E. Stevenson thought trade policy was boring; he once described it as one field where the greatest need is for fresh clichés. He had a point. In the long period that th…

July 23, 2012

Security Alliances
Japan-South Korea Relations: Time to Open Both Eyes

There is an old Russian proverb that applies to current Japan-South Korea (ROK) relations: "Forget the past and lose an eye; dwell on the past and lose both eyes!" The Japanese, it would appear, are …

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October 16, 2017

China
Chinese Investment in Critical U.S. Technology: Risks to U.S. Security Interests

To counter security threats of Chinese investment in U.S. critical technology, policymakers should boost innovation in the U.S. economy as a way to maintain a technological edge rather than seek to block or restrict Chinese investment or to limit the export of certain technologies.

A man programs an iPal Companion Robot by Nanjing Avatar Mind Robot Technology at the 2017 World Robot conference in Beijing, on August 22, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

October 18, 2017

Digital Policy
The Rise of Digital Protectionism

In July 2017, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies held a workshop to examine the drivers behind digital protectionism in Asia and Europe, its implica…

A woman hovers a mouse over the Google and European Union logos in this April 15, 2015 photo illustration.

March 24, 2000

Colombia
First Steps Toward a Constructive U.S. Policy in Colombia

Introduction and Executive Summary In November 1999, the Council on Foreign Relations and Inter-American Dialogue established an independent task force to review and offer recommendations on U.S. …

October 18, 2016

Energy and Climate Policy
Sustaining Fuel Subsidy Reform

Overview Fuel consumption subsidies threaten the fiscal and economic health of countries around the world. Economists widely agree that the subsidies, which reduce consumer prices for petroleum an…

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July 13, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Managing a Smaller U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Downsizing the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will have economic and foreign policy consequences that have not been fully considered. U.S. foreign policy should prioritize the management of these c…

A section of the BP Eastern Trough Area Project oil platform is seen in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland, on February 24, 2014.

December 12, 2017

China
Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations.

A man walks past a branch of Citibank in Beijing, on April 18, 2016. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)