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June 21, 2019

Iran
Iran and Beyond: Interstate Conflict Grows More Palpable

As tensions between the United States and Iran increase, questions of conflict prevention and response loom large. 

An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in mid-air.

June 19, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and Hard Power

I woke up this morning thinking I would write a blog explaining just how challenging it would be for Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz for a prolonged period of time. This is not to say that there c…

Explosions that damaged two tankers south of the Strait of Hormuz on June 13, 2019 come a month after four vessels were targeted in "sabotage attacks" off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

June 17, 2019

International Economic Policy
Three Recommended Changes to U.S. Currency Policy

I have a new Policy Innovation Memo that recommends three changes to U.S. currency policy, and specifically, three changes to the U.S. Treasury’s Foreign Exchange report: 1. The Foreign Currency r…

Passers-by are reflected on a signboard displaying currency signs outside a bank in Tokyo November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

June 14, 2019

China
A Tale of Two Tariffs: China’s So Far Ineffective Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing Exports

China's tariffs on U.S. commodities? A huge impact. Especially on bilateral trade. But also on global U.S. exports of soybeans. China's tariffs on U.S. manufactures? By comparison, a relative mode…

A Tale of Two Tariffs: China’s So Far Ineffective Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing Exports

June 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Cyber Governance: More Spam Than Substance?

A host of cyber governance initiatives has taken shape of late. The internet, however, remains at significant risk.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris, France, on November 12, 2018.

June 14, 2019

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 244th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Band New York City Parade

June 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions with Denise Ho: From the Front Lines of the Hong Kong Protests

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Hong Kong democracy activist Denise Ho live-streaming protest clashes with police on Facebook.

June 12, 2019

Global Governance
It’s the Global Economy, Stupid!

Experts from the Council of Councils rank managing the global economy the second highest priority on the global agenda and graded the world's performance on the issue a middling C+. 

A trader at the stock exchange reacts to the election of Donald Trump in Frankfurt, Germany on November 9, 2016.

June 12, 2019

India
India Needs a Second Green Revolution

Arjun Reddy is an intern with the international economics program at the Council on Foreign Relations.  In the 1960s and 70s, India—and much of the developing world outside of sub-Saharan Africa—u…

India Farmer

June 12, 2019

China
Did Huawei’s Chip Stockpiling Bring China’s 2018 Trade Surplus Down?

China's 2018 trade surplus fell by a bit more than I would have expected, and it wasn't all because of higher commodity imports. Imports of manufactures were strong relative to export growth. Could t…

Did Huawei’s Chip Stockpiling Bring China’s 2018 Trade Surplus Down?