Economics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits in front of the presidential residence in New Delhi on April 7. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty)

Narendra Modi Is No Populist

His economic reforms have already put the Indian economy on stronger footing, and his welfare schemes have given him the buy-in he needs.

French President Emmanuel Macron runs to greet people, after the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. (PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Slow Down, Emmanuel Macron!

The French president is looking toward the future—but his country feels left behind.

Two employees of Christie’s auction house maneuver the Lehman Brothers corporate logo before placing it in an auction on Sept. 24, 2010. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How the Tariff War Could Turn Into the Next Lehman

A decade on, we still don’t get the deeper interconnections in the global economic system—or how it could blow up again.

Djiboutians hold a Chinese flag before the launch ceremony of a Chinese-funded construction project in Djibouti, on July 4, 2018. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Corruption Is Wasting Chinese Money in Africa

Beijing’s funding could do tremendous good—if Africans fight for their own real interests.

Chinese shipping containers await transportation at the Port of Long Beach in California on July 12. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade War With China Is About to Get Supersized

Washington is levying more tariffs, leaving Beijing to retaliate in other painful ways, from Iran to North Korea.

Alipay and WeChat QR codes for online payment are displayed at a meat stall at a market in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Sept. 10.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China Can’t Afford a Cashless Society

A mania for mobile payments is leaving the poor behind.

A Chinese flag flies over the company logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing on January 14, 2010. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Is Handing the Future of the Internet to China

The company has been quietly collaborating with the Chinese government on a new, censored search engine—and abandoning its own ideals in the process.

People eat and drink in a street on August 15, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

America Can’t Be Trusted to Run the Global Economy

After Donald Trump’s unprovoked attack on Turkey, the world must protect itself from Washington’s economic power.

The dollar’s dominant role in the global financial system, and thus U.S. sanctions power, is driving the search for alternatives. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum aimed at what he calls "China's economic aggression" in Washington on March 22. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Lesson of Smoot-Hawley

On the podcast: The last big American trade war was in 1930. It ended badly for everyone.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to salvage NAFTA, on Aug. 30. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Canada: Deal or No Deal?

As the deadline looms, here’s how the complicated NAFTA talks could play out.

A man poses with prints of the discontinued 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Mumbai on Nov. 20, 2016. 
(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Buy the Panic About the Rupee’s Fall

A cheaper currency will help rebalance India’s massive trade deficit.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan arrive to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. (TATYANA ZENKOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau Can’t Take Any More Humiliation

Unless Canada’s prime minister strikes a trade deal on his own terms, Donald Trump’s bullying won't stop.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (R) arrives at the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse for an arraignment hearing as a protester holds up a sign March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Foreign Collusion Is as American as Apple Pie

Shady international influence over U.S. politics didn’t start, and won’t end, with Donald Trump.

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