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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 20, 2018

Digital Policy
This Year's Blockchain Craze Mirrors the Early Days of the Internet

The early days of internet offer lessons for the future of blockchain.  

LAN network cables plugged into a Bitcoin mining computer server are pictured in Bitminer Factory in Florence, Italy, April 6, 2018

March 15, 2011

Japan
Another Rocky Day for Japan

People on their wheelchairs rest at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters/Kyodo) …

People on their wheelchairs rest at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011.

August 22, 2012

International Organizations
A Rocky Start to Russian WTO Membership

After the longest accession negotiations in the history of the WTO, Russia today has finally joined the World Trade Organization. This is an important milestone for the WTO—and for Russia, which acco…

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on automobile assembly agreements in Moscow

March 10, 2010

Palestinian Territories
A Rocky Path Forward in the Mideast

An Israeli announcement of more housing construction in East Jerusalem became the focus of Vice President Biden’s Middle East trip, but CFR’s Jacob Walles thinks the "proximity talks" starting next w…

July 26, 2018

Pakistan
A Glimpse of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Under Imran Khan?

In a speech declaring victory in yesterday’s elections, Imran Khan outlined a vision for Pakistan’s relations with its neighbors, and called for “more balanced” ties with the United States.

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March 11, 2015

China
Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part III

In the previous blog post, I discussed how China’s efforts to promote its artemisinin-based drugs in the global market have ended up placing their pharmaceutical firms at the lower end of the supply …

Artemisinin III

March 9, 2015

China
Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part II

In my previous blog post, I described how artemisinin-based drugs were discovered in China in the 1970s and 1980s. Given their potency for the treatment of malaria, one would expect that Chinese made…

Artemisinin

February 27, 2015

China
Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part I

Artemisinin, or Qinghaosu, is isolated from Artemisia annua L., a plant native to China but now naturalized in many other countries. Today, the artemisinin group of drugs is considered the most effic…

A Thai Public Heath Ministry official places a thermometer into a child's mouth at a malaria clinic in Sai Yoke district, Kanchanaburi Province October 26,2012. The child, who lives on the Thai-Myanmar border, came to the clinic to get tested for malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria infection. While Africa has the highest malaria burden, most the 46,000 deaths outside Africa occurred in Asia Pacific. There are also concerns over a growing parasite resistance. Studies and research sh

June 11, 2018

Canada
O Canada

A trade war with Canada makes no strategic sense.