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June 21, 2022

Economics
Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

This is the first time since World War II that there may be no cooperative way out.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell

June 8, 2022

Trade
Unpacking the IPEF: Biden’s First Big Trade Play

The Joe Biden administration has unveiled its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, but it doesn’t look like a traditional trade deal and could end up falling short of its ambitions.  

From left to right, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) launch event in Tokyo in May 2022.

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

June 14, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Keys to the Kingdom

The Time is Ripe to Reset U.S.-Saudi Relations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on October 24, 2018.

June 22, 2022

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO Hangs On

WTO members confounded expectations last week by concluding a deal on fisheries subsidies, the first major multilateral agreement in nearly a decade. But the trade body is not out of the woods yet.

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (right) is congratulated by Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal after a closing session of a WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in June 2022.

April 8, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Why Israel Has Been Slow to Support Ukraine

Israel’s government is grappling with a moral imperative to help Ukraine in a war that recalls its own struggle to maintain sovereignty while acknowledging that cooperation with Russia is vital to it…

Three Orthodox Jewish men walk past a massive Ukrainian national flag that is projected on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

May 10, 2022

Ukraine
Is Diplomacy Between Russia and the West Still Possible?

The West should keep open the possibility of diplomacy with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2022.

March 14, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine War Should Slow But Not Stop the U.S. Pivot to Asia

Avoiding more crises in Europe and the Middle East is the only way American diplomatic and military might can be shifted to where it’s needed most: the Indo-Pacific.

Frenemies.

April 4, 2022

Ukraine
Can Russia Be Held Accountable for War Crimes in Ukraine?

Countries including the United States are ramping up calls for war crimes investigations following an apparent massacre in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. Could Russian leaders be brought to justice und…

A woman with a child evacuates from a residential building damaged by shelling by Russian forces in Kyiv, Ukraine, in March 2022.

March 21, 2022

India
Why the Ukraine War Likely Won't Affect India-U.S. Ties

India’s stance in the Russia-Ukraine war has prompted policymakers and analysts in Washington DC to question the depth of the United States (US)-India strategic partnership. As a member of Quad, Indi…

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken meets with India's Foreign Minister Jaishankar in Rome