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June 25, 2015

Trade
The TPA Deal: A Big Step in the Right Direction

America’s politics have been broken for so long that it is rather shocking when things go right. But President Obama’s careful work across the aisles with the Republican congressional leadership to p…

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting of Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, January 13, 2015 (Larry Downing/Reuters).

February 20, 2015

Cuba
The CODELs That Bowed to Castro

Recently I wrote here about how Secretary of State Kerry absorbed the shouting and screaming of the Iranian negotiator in the nuclear talks, apparently without any objection. But it seems Kerry is no…

March 6, 2015

Cuba
The Cuba Score: Obama 53, Castro 492

As part of the Obama administration’s deal with the Castro regime in Cuba, Castro agreed to release 53 prisoners. This was not quite the concession that it appeared to be, for some of the prisoners h…

June 25, 2014

Trade
The GOP's Tunnel Vision on the Export-Import Bank

Ask which of the two congressional parties is more in favor of free trade, and the answer is easy: the Republicans. If President Obama succeeds in concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation…

Newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to the media with new Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) after House Republican leadership elections on June 19, 2014 (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters).

July 1, 2012

Syria
Syria: the Background

Much scorn has been directed at fashion magazines that lionized Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian dictator. This is fair enough, but we don’t really expect careful judgments about world politics …

November 8, 2011

Economics
Measuring the Global Middle Class

Shoppers carry an electronic item outside a store in Caracas (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters). As journalists, policymakers, and activists of various stripes and interests focus on the rise of the glo…

Measuring the Global Middle Class

September 6, 2011

Economics
Demand Side Policies in the U.S. War on Drugs

Passengers on a bus pass a vehicle painted with a slogan during an anti-drugs campaign to mark International Anti-Drug Day in Jakarta (Dadang Tri/Courtesy Reuters). The “drug war” strategy of the la…

Passengers on a bus pass a vehicle painted with a slogan during an anti-drugs campaign to mark International Anti-Drug Day in Jakarta (Dadang Tri/Courtesy Reuters).

December 1, 2008

Human Rights
Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

It has been two years since the United States and Colombia signed a free trade agreement, and it still has not been approved by Congress, in part due to concerns over Colombia’s human rights record. …

Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

November 13, 2015

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of November 13, 2015

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Sungtae “Jacky” Park, Ariella Rotenberg, Ayumi Teraoka, and Gabriel Walker look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. Afghans protest beheadings. Thousands of prot…

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