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United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (center-left) shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Liu He (center-right) as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan (R) look on at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai on July 31.

Trump Hired Robert Lighthizer to Win a Trade War. He Lost.

The Trump administration’s obsession with trade threats, tariffs, and bullying both allies and rivals into submission was based on an ambitious theory. It turned out to be a fallacy.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference to urge Congress not to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership on June 3, 2015.

Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

U.S. and Chinese flags at the Qingdao free trade port area in China's Shandong province on May 8.

Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like

Trump’s trade war won’t put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

A worker drives a finished Mercedes-Benz C-Class car through production in Bremen, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2017. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes

Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, on July 19, 2018 in St Belleek, Northern Ireland. (Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’

The small Northern Irish party that props up the British government has a history of belligerence and brinkmanship. But ultimately it will blink.

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.

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.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

A worker tests the quality of molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China on May 12, 2016.

Steeling for a Fight

Trump's threatened tariffs won't hurt China. They'll goad the EU to retaliate and could spark a global trade war that won't end well for anyone.

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