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January 18, 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

December 15, 2015

United States
A Conversation With Mark Jones and Kellie Meiman Hock

This post features Mark P. Jones, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s political science fellow and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin America Studies at Rice University, and Kellie Meim…

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

November 5, 2018

Southeast Asia
NLD Fares Poorly in By-Elections, Showing Its Diminishing Popularity Among Ethnic Minorities

In by-elections held in Myanmar over last weekend, Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) (at least, ruling the civilian portion of the government), won seven of the thirteen s…

Suu Kyi_5.24.2017

October 30, 2018

China
Where Will the Yuan Go Next? China's Big Choice

China could widen the trading band around its currency in response to Trump's tariffs, but that wouldn't give it full policy autonomy. It would still need to defend the new edge of any trading band.

Where Will the Yuan Go Next?  China's Big Choice

October 19, 2018

Donald Trump
The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership, my latest book with Ivo H. Daalder, just debuted. It chronicles President Trump’s first eighteen months directing U.S. foreign policy. We …

TET cover

October 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column exami…

Duterte_10.17.2017

January 29, 2014

Defense and Security
Securing the Sochi Olympics: Three Things to Know

Sochi’s volatile surroundings, the imposing scale of the games, and the need for an international coordinated response in the event of attack present security risks for the 2014 Winter Olympics, says…

June 29, 2018

United States
Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data

The impact of the U.S. tax reform on the U.S. trade balance was a hot item of debate last December. There was an argument that reducing the headline tax rate—and creating an even lower tax for the…

Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data

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