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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.

May 10, 2022

Globalization
The Dangerous New Anti-Globalization Consensus

Soaring inflation is just one reason for Washington to keep global disintegration in check.

Demonstrators march during a protest for more state support, against inflation and the lack of jobs, in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 13, 2022. The sign reads "Inflation is pushing wages down by up to 20%" and "Food prices drive inflation."

April 4, 2022

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: How Much Does the U.S. Pay?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. The Trump administration sharply reduced funding to some UN agencies, but President Biden has largely reversed…

March 31, 2022

Economics
Russia’s War Is the End of Magical Thinking

In her co-authored 2018 book Political Risk, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells the story of an hourlong negotiation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. For what were clearly pr…

March 30, 2022

Ukraine
Winners and Losers in Putin’s War

Taking Stock of Putin's War in Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman stands near a destroyed Russian tank in the northeastern city of Trostianets, on March 29, 2022

March 3, 2022

Trade
Suspend Russia’s Trade Benefits, For Now

To ratchet up economic penalties against Russia over its war in Ukraine, the United States and its allies should consider a coordinated suspension of Russia’s trade privileges.

Seats for delegates are pictured before the ceremony marking the accession of Russia to the WTO during the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in December 2011.

February 8, 2022

NAFTA
Decades Late, NAFTA’s Promise on Workers’ Rights Comes Good

In 1993, then-U.S. President Bill Clinton unveiled a revolutionary deal that would require Mexico to strengthen workers’ rights as part of the pending North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Pre…

February 28, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
A New Iran Deal Means Old Chaos

Rekindling the nuclear deal with Tehran will solve one regional problem—and cause others.

Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

November 23, 2021

Supply Chains
How to Fix Global Supply Chains for Good

Truck-driver shortages, “lean” inventories, and an overreliance on China plagued global supply chains long before the pandemic. Permanently addressing these and other issues will help the United Stat…

Containers are stacked at the Port of Long Beach, California, in November 2021.