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September 21, 2021

China
Europe’s Global Gateway Plans To Counter China, But Questions Remain

Europe is responding to China's Belt and Road Initiative, but it is unclear whether its alternative can succeed.

View of Piraeus Port in Greece shows cargo containers and the ocean behind.

August 24, 2021

China
Why Major Belt and Road Investments Are Not Coming to Afghanistan

China is unlikely to prioritize Afghanistan for Belt and Road investment.

Afghan security personnel keep watch at a road construction site, which is being built by a Chinese company, in Khogyani district of Nangarhar Province on November 19, 2015.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

July 6, 2021

China
Who Built That? Labor and the Belt and Road Initiative

Highlighting the Belt and Road Initiative’s problematic labor practices, and pressing China to tighten regulations further, is an important step toward improving the human outcomes associated with BR…

Construction workers law concrete blocks for drainage near the new standard gauge railway line near Voi town, Kenya on March 16, 2016.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

June 18, 2021

Trade
Biden’s Trade Policy for the Middle Class Takes Shape—And it Begins in Europe

Europe holds the key to President Biden's trade agenda. 

U.S. President Joe Biden crosses his fingers next to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they attend the EU-US summit, in Brussels, Belgium June 15, 2021.

June 14, 2021

Taiwan
The Time Is Now for a Trade Deal With Taiwan

A comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would benefit U.S. companies, bolster Taiwan's economic security, and underscore Washington's interest in cross-Strait stability.

A commercial street in Taiwan's capital, Taipei

April 27, 2021

Europe
The Belt and Road Initiative: Forcing Europe to Reckon with China?

In addition to undermining European unity, BRI may also work to cleave the transatlantic alliance. To head off these dilemmas, Europe will need to provide clear alternatives to Chinese infrastructure…

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 6, 2019, shows a cargo ship of COSCO Shipping Lines at the Port of Piraeus in Greece.

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

April 1, 2021

Competitiveness
Competing with China: Lessons From the Belt and Road

To compete with China's Belt and Road, the U.S. should focus on R&D, immigration, technology, and trade.

Production operator Sammy Blanco monitors multi colored lights atop automated machines at the SolarWorld solar panel factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.