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June 27, 2022

China
Recipient Countries Hold the Key to China’s BRI Success

BRI should not simply be assessed by looking at China’s interests. Recipient countries matter because their geopolitical concerns and domestic interests can intersect to affect how well BRI functions…

A worker walks out of a tunnel at the construction site of East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a Chinese-invested railway project part of the Beijing 'Belt and Road Initiative'

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 26, 2022

United States
What the Korean War Era Reveals About the Fed’s Inflation Dilemma

High inflation during the 1950s shared many similarities to today’s rising prices, including a supply crunch due to a national emergency.

A customer shops at a store in New York City in May 2022 as annual inflation surpasses 8 percent.

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."

May 12, 2022

India
How The Ukraine War Will Impact Asian Order

The impact of Ukraine will not be confined to Europe. If this war drags on, economically, politically, and diplomatically, Asia and the Asian political order will change.

Alexander Ermochenko/Mariupol

June 2, 2022

Military Operations
How the Army Is Revamping Its Culture in the Wake of Tragedy

A series of troubling incidents within the U.S. Army—including the killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillén in 2020—has prompted the military service to push for major changes to its culture. 

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen.

December 10, 2020

Trade
Supply Chains and Demand

Supply chains will need to be rethought for a post-pandemic world, with more emphasis on diversification, domestic production, and stockpiling.

Supply Chain

May 9, 2022

Latin America
AMLO's Lithium Grab and War on Green Energy Will Hurt North America

Nationalizing Mexico’s lithium reserves and extending state control over electricity and energy will undermine the region’s prosperity and security.

Mexican lawmakers protest a constitutional reform of the energy sector

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…

June 21, 2022

Economics
Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

This is the first time since World War II that there may be no cooperative way out.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell