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January 15, 2019

China
U.S.-China Trade Issues Loom Large for Oil

Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Even though oil prices seem to be stabilizing, Barkindo to…

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo addresses a news conference.

September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night

September 4, 2018

Nuclear Energy
America Risks Missing Out On A Global Nuclear Power Revival

Background reading on the future of the global nuclear trade and the commercial opportunities and national security risks that it presents to the United States.

Nuclear towers

August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

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May 18, 2018

Drug Policy
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Speakers examine the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and compare global responses to opioid addiction, discuss the effects on the U.S. economy and labor force, and explore potential medi…

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May 11, 2018

North Korea
Changing Strategic Circumstances in Asia

With the recent Inter-Korean Summit, U.S.-China trade disagreements, and unrest in much of the region, the balance of power in Asia continues to be in a state of flux.

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February 7, 2018

Economics
Behavioral Economics in the Age of Big Data

The Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium generates critical thinking about the consequences of herd mentality behavior in global economics. 

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October 16, 2017

United States
Roberto Azevêdo Discusses Trade Policies of the United States

This is the final session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 

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October 2, 2017

Japan
Japan’s Choice: Abe vs. Koike

For the second time since returning to the prime minister’s office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe’s approval ratings th…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

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