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July 16, 2019

Ireland
Finding Ireland in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data ...

Turns out a small and very green island dominates financial flows from "other euro area countries."  Ireland's impact, of course, is a case study in the role that "trade-in-tax" plays in driving g…

Finding Ireland in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data ...

July 16, 2019

Global Governance
Making Trade Work to Mitigate Climate Change

Trade is a critical multiplier of the fossil fuel–intensive activities that contribute to climate change. Changes to the structure of global trade governance are necessary if the worst consequences o…

A laser, operated by the environmental group Greenpeace, projects a slogan onto the 40,000 tonne coal ship Pasha Bulker June 27, 2007 as it sits about 330 feet from Nobbys Beach after running aground near the coal port of Newcastle on Australia's east coast on June 8, 2007.

July 15, 2019

Renewable Energy
A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. Political leaders around the country are debating the best ways to continue supporting the wind industry.

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at sunset at a wind park in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, May 22, 2019.

July 11, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: July 12, 2019

France approves a 3 percent Digital Services Tax on large tech companies; the UK fines British Airways and Marriott for data breaches under the GDPR; United States and UK signal relaxation of Huawei …

A woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, France.

July 10, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women on the Blockchain: Moving Beyond “Blockchain Bros”

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to radically alter the world's financial systems. But could they also upend inequality?

A Filipino guest demonstrates a blockchain-based remittance solution between Hong Kong and the Philippines during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, June 25, 2018.

July 10, 2019

Americas
Mexico Can’t Solve Its Three Biggest Crises Alone

Dealing with Central American migrants, rising crime and faltering energy supplies will require more U.S. help.

Members of the National Guard patrol around the neighborhoods in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Mexico July 5, 2019

July 9, 2019

Zimbabwe
Wildlife Conservation in Africa, Outrage in the West, and Cecil the Lion

Four years ago, on July 2, 2015, a Minneapolis Dentists killed a well-known Lion, Cecil, in a Zimbabwe trophy hunt with a bow and arrow. Cecil was something of a star in the developed world.

A man dressed as Cecil the Lion on a subway platform in New York.

July 3, 2019

United States
The Trump Tax Reform, As Seen in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data

The international side of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a real reform, not just a straight-forward cut in the rate. It ended deferral, and shifted to a (mostly) territorial tax system. Yet, judging f…

The Trump Tax Reform, As Seen in the U.S. Balance of Payments Data

July 3, 2019

North Korea
The Fissile State of International Nuclear Cooperation

Arms control and diplomacy are falling by the wayside as countries modernize arsenals and renew their focus on geopolitical competition.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

July 1, 2019

China
China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers

With the Osaka Xi-Trump summit producing an indefinite "truce" that halts further escalation (at least for now), there is every reason to expect the yuan to remain stable. The intervention proxies (s…

China’s Bizarre May Intervention Numbers