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August 28, 2018

Asia
China’s BRI Projects in Southeast and South Asia: A Review of “High-Speed Empire”

Over the past year, Chinese officials reportedly have been surprised by how quickly the Trump administration has undermined U.S. influence in East Asia, creating a leadership void that could potentia…

Wang Yi and Saleumxay Kommasith_8.26.2018

January 9, 2019

Turkey
Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS

Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.

A Turkish soldier waves a flag on Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 28 ,2018.

December 26, 2018

China
Year in Review: Huawei and the Technology Cold War

2018 was the year that started the U.S.-China tech cold war. 2019 might be the year that splinters the global technology system into distinct spheres of influence. 

The Huawei stand is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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November 13, 2018

Puerto Rico
Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

President Trump is right to worry that disaster aid will end up bailing out the holders of Puerto Rico's bonds, but there are better solutions to that particular problem than cutting off disaster aid…

Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

September 30, 2018

China
Trump is Rising to the China Challenge in the Worst Way Possible

China has 800 million Internet users and is overtaking the United States in areas such as drones, mobile payments, bike sharing and artificial intelligence. But Trump is responding to the China chall…

Chairman and CEO Wang Xing and executives of China's Meituan Dianping attend a news conference celebrating the company's IPO.

August 17, 2018

Turkey
We wanted Turkey to be a partner. It was never going to work.

This article was originally published here in The Washington Post on August 17, 2018. In July, a deal to release an American minister jailed in Turkey came apart because, a White House official to…

President Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

July 11, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Amtrak’s High Speed Plans for the Northeast

Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan for its northeast corridor (NEC) for high-speed trains by 2040 (Reuters). Quicker "NextGen" trains would begin rolling in the 2020s, and eventually tr…

A northbound Amtrak high speed Acela train rolls through the Claymont station near Wilmington, Delaware (Tim Shaffer/Courtesy Reuters).

July 5, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: High Speed Rail Lacks Long-Term Support

The Congressional Research Service recently issued a report on the development of high-speed rail (HSR) in the United States. Most federal funding has either supported upgrading existing rail lines i…

Canada’s Bombardier Inc. previews a new train for the Swiss Federal Railways (Bombardier Inc/Courtesy Reuters).

August 8, 2018

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
NATO's Deterrence Problem: An Analog Strategy for a Digital Age

As cyberattacks increase in destructive potential and remain difficult to attribute, NATO faces a dilemma of whether and how to adapt their policy of strategic ambiguity to a new era of cyberwarfare…

The sign of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia on November 29, 2017.