Economics

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.

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.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about a new bilateral trade agreement at the White House on Aug. 27. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Will Trump’s New Mexico Deal Save NAFTA—or Kill It?

The agreement that purports to replace NAFTA does not include Canada for now.

The Swanepoel children play in the driveway of the grounds of their family's guest lodge on a farm in Limpopo province, South Africa on October 31, 2017. 
(GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a Better Way to Take White Farmers’ Land

South Africa needs to redistribute property—but not all appropriation is made the same.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds with the president of Turkey's Central Bank, Sureyya Serdengecti, a board featuring the new Turkish lira samples 25 October 2004 while Economy Minister Ali Babacan shows new coins during their presentation at central bank headquarters in the capital Ankara. (TARIK TINAZAY/AFP/Getty Images)

How Turkey Dumbed Itself Down

Erdogan used to rely on Turkey’s best and brightest—until he replaced them with its worst and dimmest.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan displays the new Turkish lira in Ankara on October 25, 2004. (Tarik Tinazay/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Poised to Reform the Turkish Lira

Unfortunately for him, it probably won’t work.

An exchange office worker counts Turkish lira banknotes in Istanbul on June 8, 2015. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s Losing Economic War

Ankara blames Washington for its financial troubles, but it is fighting the wrong enemy.

A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind statues of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rise and Fall of Soft Power

Joseph Nye’s concept lost relevance, but China could bring it back.

A propaganda poster showing China's President Xi Jinping is pictured on a wall in Beijing on March 12, 2018.  (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Thought Is Facing a Harsh Reality Check

China's new ideological rigidity is being put to the economic and technological test.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on March 22 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

You Live in Robert Lighthizer’s World Now

Trump might look like he's flailing on trade—but it's all going according to his trade czar's plan, which has been years in the making.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum aimed at what he calls Chinese economic aggression at the White House on March 22. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley

On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well.

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