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October 5, 2018

Polls and Public Opinion
Americans Aren’t Embracing America First

You tend not to notice oxygen until it’s gone. That saying came to mind as I read the results of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’s annual survey of American attitudes on foreign policy, which w…

America First flag

November 8, 2018

Kenya
How Kenya’s New Data Privacy Bill Could Hurt Its Economy

Kenya's digital economy is booming, but proposed government legislation with data localization provisions could sap its growth. 

Kenya FB Live

November 7, 2018

China
China Should Import More

China's low of level of imports of manufactures stands out, and China 2025 would reduce imports further

China Should Import More

November 17, 2017

Zimbabwe
Responding to Coups That Aren’t Coups

Spokesmen are insisting that the military’s intervention earlier this week in which it placed President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest and took over the state television station …

Zimbabwe-no-coup-Mugabe-Military

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 24, 2018

Central America
Trump’s Cuts to Central America Aid Will Lead to More Caravans

U.S. programs can make the Northern Triangle a better place to live than to leave.

Central American migrants walk along a street, as they continue their journey trying to reach the U.S., in Tapachula, Mexico October 22, 2018.

October 18, 2018

Italy
Does Italy Threaten a New European Debt Crisis?

Italy’s populist government has relished defying the European Union, and its latest showdown with Brussels could threaten the continent’s fragile recovery—and the global economy.

Conte

October 11, 2018

Trade
Trump's Stimulus Trumps His Trade Policy

It is hard to think of a President more committed—at least rhetorically—to closing the trade balance than President Trump. The usual criticism of his trade policy is that it is overly focused on a si…

Trump's Stimulus Trumps His Trade Policy

October 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
Sharing is Caring: The United States’ New Cyber Commitment for NATO

An expected Pentagon announcement suggests that the United States might use cyber capabilities alongside conventional weapons with NATO allies. That's a subtle, yet significant shift in policy. 

Mattis Stoltenberg

October 9, 2018

International Finance
Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…

A technical post on the q2 global reserves and balance of payments data … wonky.

Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…