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May 15, 2017

China
China Still Wants To Import Commodities, Not Manufactures (Judging From The "Early Harvest" Trade Deal)

China tends to import natural resources—oil, iron ore, soybeans and the like. Now that China has a large industrial economy, it doesn't have much choice: China wasn’t blessed with a ton of oil or gas…

China Still Wants To Import Commodities, Not Manufactures (Judging From The "Early Harvest" Trade Deal)

April 3, 2017

China
Auto Trade with China

Autos are one of the United States’ most important exports to China—ranking just behind aircraft and soybeans and (at times) non-monetary gold (through Hong Kong). Broadly speaking, the U.S. exports…

Auto Trade with China

December 21, 2016

Cybersecurity
Takeaways From a Trip to the National Security Agency

A few weeks ago, I was part of a "National Thought Leaders" visit to the National Security Agency. Famously secretive and opaque (see, No Such Agency), the NSA started conducting this type of outreac…

CFR Cyber Net Politics NSA

December 15, 2016

United States
Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

A big caveat. Apple is being used to represent a lot of companies with very valuable intellectual property (IP) that have built up similarly outsized piles of cash outside the United States; it is th…

Why Doesn’t Apple Export More Services (Wonky)

November 30, 2016

Cybersecurity
On Cybersecurity, Trump Must Let the Private Sector Lead

In a video message posted last week, President-Elect Donald J. Trump said that he would ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense to develop a plan to protect critical infrastructur…

CFR Cyber Net Politics

November 15, 2016

China
China, Manipulation, Day One, the 1988 Trade Act, and the Bennet Amendment

President-elect Trump has said that he plans to declare China a currency manipulator on day one. I am among those who think this is a bad idea. This isn’t the right time to signal that China’s lon…

yuan-indexes

August 7, 2015

United States
Realpolitik and Human Trafficking

The fight against trafficking in persons has been a human rights policy that works. Laws adopted largely because of pressure from religious groups, especially Evangelicals, were resisted by the usual…

February 1, 2013

Education
Education: Do International Test Scores Matter?

We’ve all seen the headlines: American students are far from stellar performers on international tests. Whether it’s the OECD’s oft-cited gold-standard PISA test on math and reading, the TIMSS test o…

A preschooler on his first day of school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Bazuki Muhammad/Courtesy Reuters).

November 16, 2012

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Trying to Depolarize Congress

Congressional polarization has steadily increased over the last twenty-five years, according to research by political scientists Howard Rosenthal and Keith Poole. Their analysis indicates that the U…

Stickers stating "I Voted" in several languages are affixed to a ballot intake machine during the 2012 national election (Fred Prouser/Courtesy Reuters).

February 28, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Restructuring the Chinese Economy

A new report from the World Bank says China will have to make structural changes to its economy and society in order to prolong growth for the next two decades, writes Keith B. Richburg for the Washi…

A security guard stands in front of an electrical board displaying stock information at a brokerage house in Huaibei