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September 14, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Augusta Victoria Mistake

As a strong supporter of the Trump administration's Middle East policy, I believe the president's recent decisions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are correct--except for one. Everyt…

September 13, 2018

Digital Policy
The Global Trade Talks on the Digital Economy Nobody’s Talking About

More than ninety countries are discussing the future of online trade and it's getting scant attention. 

Amazon

September 10, 2018

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

August 30, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil.

October 19, 2006

China
The Economist v. Nick Lardy

China’s goods and services trade surplus is set to increase from $50b in 2004 to $185b in 2006.  China’s current account surplus is set to rise from around 3-4% of China’s 2004 GDP to around 9% of it…

July 12, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Consideration of the Taylor Force Act

Elliott Abrams testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, discussing the Taylor Force Act.

October 3, 2016

Colombia
Five Questions After Colombia’s Surprising Vote Against Peace

Pollsters’ best bets were radically overturned in Colombia Sunday, as widespread apathy and torrential rains dampened turnout in the referendum on the peace deal. Opponents of the deal appeared as su…

colombias-brexit-lam

June 14, 2018

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 243nd birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The Army websit…

Army Birthday 2018

May 31, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Charles Taylor Sentenced - a Step Forward?

In April, the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague found Charles Taylor guilty of many crimes against humanity related to his involvement with the civil war in Sierra Leone. (Taylor was not tr…

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor (bottom) argues with a photographer as he awaits the start of the prosecution's closing arguments during his trial at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam February 8, 2011.

August 21, 2017

Mexico
¡Gracias, Donald!

August has brought a number of depressing reversals in the United States’ relation with Latin America: President Trump’s seemingly offhand statement on the possibility of military intervention in Ven…

Lima Declaration