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June 29, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Pacificus-Helvidius Debate

Original intent. The term pops up frequently in debates over how to interpret the U.S. Constitution. At its core, the concept of original intent holds that constitutional interpretation should be gui…

Hamilton Madison

November 13, 2019

United States
A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

Most grandiose explanations for the United States' persistent surplus in the income balance of the U.S. current account miss the mark. The U.S. debt position tracks the sum of past current account de…

A Big Borrower and a Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How Best to Describe the U.S. External Balance Sheet

November 15, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Democratic Foreign Policy Establishment Embraces Joe Biden

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: endorsements for Joe Biden, U.S. troops, and new candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd after filing for the New Hampshire presidential primary on November 8.

November 1, 2019

Ireland
Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

Ireland's tax authorities have made the job of Ireland's statistical authorities almost impossible.   The distortions in the Irish data are now so big that the impact the data for the entire euro are…

Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

July 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With Stephen Sestanovich

Stephen Sestanovich discusses retrenchment in U.S. foreign policy, including a look at past periods of retrenchment and the implications they have for today's foreign policy debate.  The CFR Maste…

Play U.S. President Donald Trump reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.

April 26, 2006

Syria
Syria: Has Assad Dodged a Bullet?

Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassin…

October 2, 2018

Southeast Asia
Hello, Shadowlands: A Review

By Hunter Marston Over the last year, concerns about Southeast Asia’s increasingly powerful autocrats have dominated headlines and commentary about the region. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte…

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March 9, 2020

United States
Foreign Affairs March/April Issue Launch

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses the March/April 2020 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Kathleen Hicks, Stephen Wertheim, and Thomas Wright. The authors discuss the new issue of Foreig…

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September 6, 2018

Human Rights
Human Rights Safeguards Take a Backseat in New Global Economics Institutions

As states struggle to balance commercial interests with the promotion of human rights, social safeguards in trade and loan agreements—often included at the insistence of Western countries—are increas…

Labourers work at a garment factory in Bac Giang province, near Hanoi October 21, 2015.

February 21, 2020

Donald Trump
Conference Call: President Trump’s Trip to India

Speakers discuss what to expect from President Trump’s upcoming trip to India, including the latest on negotiations toward a modest trade deal.

Podcast Trump and Modi shaking hands