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October 22, 2019

Trade
The October Truce on U.S.-China Trade Failed to Address Subsidies

Concern that China's subsidies caused a flood of cheap imports was what started the U.S.-China trade war in the first place, but subsidies were not mentioned even once when President Trump announced …

U.S. China Currency

October 4, 2019

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

September 30, 2019

China
Democracy in Hong Kong

As China’s power continues to grow, some fear that the considerable autonomy Hong Kong has enjoyed over the last three decades could slip away.

Protesters wearing black carry black umbrellas and stand next to a white figure that looks like the Goddess of Democracy statue in Hong Kong.

July 31, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Airline Disasters Bring Obscure Global Organization to the Fore

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. You might think twice about getting on a plane these days. The headlines are full…

A pro-Russian separatist stands guard over wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

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.

OPEC

April 16, 2019

European Union
Good Ends, Bad Means? The EU’s Struggle To Protect Copyright and Freedom of Speech

In its controversial copyright overhaul, the EU struggles to balance intellectual property protection with the free use of the internet. 

People protest against the planned EU copyright reform in Berlin, Germany March 23, 2019.

January 24, 2019

Southeast Asia
Is the Southern Thailand Insurgency Ramping Up Again?

While Thailand has struggled toward a much-delayed election, it finally looks like the vote is going to happen on March 24. The country’s election commission announced the March 24 date earlier this …

Thai south_1.22.2018

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

July 12, 2018

Indo-Pacific
Australia Wants to Boost Economic Ties With India

Australia's new India economic strategy shows how India's growing economic weight makes it an unavoidable economic partner, despite the challenges in navigating its market.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India April 10, 2017. Adnan Abidi/Reuters

June 27, 2018

State and Local Governments
The New City Multilateralism

As the world rapidly grows more urban, city leaders are turning to a new form of voluntary, locally oriented diplomacy to coordinate with their global peers on sustainable development, infrastructure…

Mumbai's urban development