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July 10, 2019

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost the region’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

July 9, 2019

United States
A Conversation with Ash Carter

Secretary Carter discusses national security strategies in a rapidly changing world and his legacy as the twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense.   

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July 9, 2019

China
Is China Undermining Human Rights at the United Nations?

Under President Xi Jinping, China is pressing the United Nations’ human rights body to favor national sovereignty and development over calling out domestic rights abuses.

July 9, 2019

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

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

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

July 2, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Beekeeping Operation Predicted to Generate $10 Billion

Though Nigeria, is urbanizing rapidly, roughly half of the population lives in rural areas, mostly mired in poverty. On June 24, Segun Awolowo, director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, announced that honey and other beehive products could generate annually some $10 billion from local and international trade, aiding rural economies.

The director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council said that honey and other beehive products in Nigeria could generate $10 billion from local and international trade.

July 2, 2019

Global Governance
Reevaluating Global Trade Governance Structures to Address Climate Change

Climate change is imperiling humanity’s future. To combat it, the world needs to use rules that have been around for decades, create new rules, and find new space for climate change policy.

A sorting machine at a recycling site in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 17, 2019

July 2, 2019

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC in a Changing World

Western leaders have long criticized OPEC’s power to raise oil prices, but the bloc’s influence is on the wane as U.S. oil production has soared and alternative energies have come to the fore.

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July 1, 2019

Japan
Seoul and Tokyo: No Longer on the Same Side

While many focus on the drama of President Donald J. Trump’s meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, a far more worrisome transformation in Northeast Asian geopolitics is underway. Washington…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and photo session at G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.