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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Belt, One Road, One Big Mistake
China’s signature foreign-policy project is a failure that the U.S. shouldn’t copy.
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.
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.