Trade and Development

Israeli and United Arab Emirates flags line a road in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya on Aug. 16.

How ‘Free Zones’ Became the Middle Eastern Diplomacy Tool of Choice

The special economic zones are meant to quietly bring countries together before more public realignments. But do they?

Mauricio Claver-Carone​ attends the conversation 'Trump Administration Priorities in the Americas' at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit in Bogota, Colombia, on May 14, 2019.

Trump’s Pick to Run Latin America’s Development Bank Is the Last Thing It Needed

Foisting a divisive, first-ever U.S. president on the Inter-American Development Bank will likely hinder—not help—the bank’s quest to raise cash during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two helicopters fly over the landing command ship during the Vostok-2018 military drills at Klerka training ground on the Sea of Japan coast on Sept. 15, 2018.

Russia and North Korea Are Fighting—Over Fish

Moscow’s broader ambitions for the Far East are stopping it from cracking down on North Korean poachers in Russian waters.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts African leaders and senior government representatives during the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Jan.20.

Boris Johnson’s New Scramble for Africa

The prime minister’s vision of a “Global Britain” after Brexit will only succeed if he abandons imperial nostalgia in favor of practical investment in the continent’s fast-growing economies.

Chinese workers construct a shopping mall at a retail and office complex, part of 
a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

A loaded cargo ship sits in the Yangshan Deep-Water Port in China on Dec. 6, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Dangers of Trade Orthodoxy

By shoving the very idea of trade tensions under the table, models undermine coherent discussion of how to handle them.

Syrian refugees, stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, wait to cross into Jordan at the Hadalat border crossing on Jan. 14, 2016. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Investing in Low-Wage Jobs Is the Wrong Way to Reduce Migration

Unless would-be migrants can build lives with dignity—which poorly paid, export-oriented jobs do not provide—they will continue to seek ways to move on.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu speak during a joint press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 3, during Wang's official visit. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Spite Won’t Beat China in Africa

If the United States wants to counter Beijing’s diplomacy, it needs to understand why it works so well.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Governor-General Bob Dadae, and Papua New Guinea's Chief of Defense Gilbert Toropo attend a welcome ceremony for Xi's state visit in Port Moresby on Nov. 16. (David Gray/AFP/Getty Images)

One Belt, One Road, One Big Mistake

China’s signature foreign-policy project is a failure that the U.S. shouldn’t copy.

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China Is Cheating at a Rigged Game

The trade war is a sign of a global system gone badly wrong.

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China Doesn’t Want to Play by the World’s Rules

Beijing's plans are much bigger than the trade war.

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Economists Take Aim at Trump Trade Theory — Again

Top Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro said Monday trade deficits undermine national security, but economists disagree.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar From Hell

A nondescript pest is threatening African food stocks — and could be headed to Europe and Asia.


Trump Sours Relations With Mexico After Tariff Talk

Vague plans for an import tax would shift the cost of the wall to U.S. consumers and hurt key parts of the U.S. economy.


Trump’s New Trade Guru May Actually Be the Adult in the Room

Robert Lighthizer, a former Reagan trade official, may have the legal chops to win concessions from China without sparking a trade war.


Will Foreign Aid Get Cut on Trump’s Chopping Block?

USAID is in the dark on Trump's plans, but Republicans in Congress could be the main defenders of foreign assistance.


Trump’s Grassroots Supporters Will Likely Pay the Price of His Economic Surge

A market upswing signals the president-elect may be good for the economy after all — but mostly for the already wealthy.


After Trump’s Upset, White House Shifts to Damage Control

Obama will try to protect his policies in his final months in office, but much of his legacy will be at the mercy of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.

HAMPTON, VA - JUNE 15:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in a round table conversation on national security at the Virginia Air and Space Center June 15, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia. Following the nation's final presidential primary in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, it is clear that Clinton has won enough votes to be her party's standard bearer in this fall's election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How Clinton Can Fall in Love With Free Trade All Over Again

Politics motivated Hillary Clinton’s flip-flop on Obama’s massive Pacific trade deal. Here’s how she can find her way back to supporting it.


Hurry Up and Wait: U.S. Fed Puts Off Interest Rate Hike Yet Again

The U.S. Fed, citing global concerns, puts off interest rate hike.