Economics

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit last October marked the 40th anniversary of the formal relations between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The biennial event, which gathered more than fifty heads of state, offers a unique platform for these two regional bodies to exchange their shared goals and differences.…

Chinese Investment in Africa: A Blessing or A Curse?

The 21st Century has seen an explosion in the growth of Chinese foreign investment. The Middle Kingdom is spending billions of dollars internationally in an effort to gain geopolitical favor and clout among the international community. China’s foreign spending came to preeminence with the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive program…

Fuel for Hamas’ Fire

Reducing humanitarian aid to Palestine would increase Hamas' power and access in the West Bank, with security implications for Israel.

Is it too Late to Counter the Slow Creep of Chinese Expansion in Central America?

China’s influence continues to spread closer to America’s borders, having now reached Central America. If the United States is not vigilant, it risks losing decades of democratic progress and carefully cultivated strategic relationships. China’s ambitions reach much further than common media narratives suggest, with a rapidly expanding international development agenda looking well beyond the South…

Macron’s Greatest Enemy? Himself.

Instead of leading France forward, Macron continues to hold the republic back. As his poll numbers continue to plummet, President Emmanuel Macron of France has done little to aid his own reputation. In July, French media outlets revealed that Macron’s personal bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, illegally posed as a French police officer on May Day and…

It May Be Too Late to Save World Cup 2022. What Can We Do to Save FIFA?

Teaser: FIFA’s organization of the World Cup, a beloved global sporting event, masks an apparent lack of concern for human rights in the countries it partners with. How can the international community take action?

Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

For the Chinese, Trade War Success is a Matter of Pride

In bringing the United States to the brink of trade war with China, President Donald Trump wants to narrow the US trade deficit and loosen business restrictions. But what does China want?

No Woman Entrepreneur Left Behind

Investing in economic empowerment for all women – regardless of color – will not only give women the ability to participate equally, it will also drive US economic growth. Choosing to preserve the status quo will result in a $4.4 trillion missed opportunity.

Tariffs Won’t Stop Chinese Influence in Latin America

Sen. Rick Scott claims that tariffs on China can combat rising Chinese influence in Latin America but this would only serve to increase Chinese influence in the Americas.

Echoes of Monroe: The Need for Soft Power in the Caribbean

As China’s influence in the Caribbean grows, the United States will need to use soft power to build on its relationship with the region and to compete with Chinese engagement.

Casualties of the trade war: Washington rhetoric helps legitimize China’s authoritarian policies

US-China trade tensions allow Beijing to hide unfair trade practices and human rights abuses behind politicized rhetoric. Trump administration critics should ensure their criticisms don’t overshadow China’s responsibility for its actions.

If The Jones Act Is About National Security, Let’s Make It About National Security.

There are economic and national security arguments to be made for the Jones Act, but they're being made dishonestly.

A New Type of Money: Iran’s Hope to Bypass U.S. Sanctions

The US is struggling to adapt to the emerging digital market and cryptocurrencies. This creates potential security gaps which actors like Iran have the potential to exploit.

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

Italy recently made the news with the announcement that it had decided to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), making it the first G7 nation to do so. The BRI has become one of China’s signature foreign policy and economic initiatives. Many states in Central and South Asia, as well as some in Africa,…