trade politics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits for the arrival of Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli for a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential house in New Delhi on April 7, 2018.

Why India Refused to Join the World’s Biggest Trading Bloc

New Delhi chose protectionism over the RCEP. History suggests it made the wrong call.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in response to the Iranian strike on U.S. military personnel.

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European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington on June 29, 2016. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Views on Trade Aren’t a Passing Fad

The United States and Europe must find a synthesis between the free trading dogmas of yesterday and the nationalist impulses of today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

OSKALOOSA, IA - JULY 25:  Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a rally on July 25, 2015 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. During his last visit to the state Trump sparked controversy when he said Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former POW, was not a war hero.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump Takes Aim at NAFTA Once Again

With reported plans to pull out of the trade pact, the administration seeks to ratchet up pressure on Canada and Mexico.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Make the Case for Trade With China

Past administrations have made progress in enforcing trade rules with China, but not in convincing the American public of their effectiveness.

TOPSHOT - A policeman walks in front of a graffiti against US President Donald Trump in Mexico City during his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Billionaire outsider Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States and announced that he will shield the country's borders against immigrants and protect it from the "ravages" of free trade. / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico Can Handle Trump Just Fine

The country’s greatest obstacles are close to home, not north of the border.

TOPSHOT - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US presidential candidate Donald Trump shake hands after a meeting in Mexico City on August 31, 2016.
Donald Trump was expected in Mexico Wednesday to meet its president, in a move aimed at showing that despite the Republican White House hopeful's hardline opposition to illegal immigration he is no close-minded xenophobe. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic.
 / AFP / YURI CORTEZ        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Fact Checking Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ About Mexico

Trump’s Mexico policy inventions could rupture ties and thus undermine vital U.S. national interests.

US President Donald Trump prepares to sign several executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017.
Trump on Monday signed three orders on withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, freezing the hiring of federal workers and hitting foreign NGOs that help with abortion. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

3 Strategies U.S. Trade Partners Should Pursue Post-TPP

One might be tempted to preach patience, but it is worth remembering that the Obama administration dragged out its trade negotiations for a very long time before ultimately failing

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: A trader wearing a 'Trump' hat works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), March 10, 2017 in New York City.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February and the jobless rate is now at 4.7 percent. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Democrats Need a Strong Alternative to Trump’s ‘Economic Nationalism’

Trump’s narrative is simple: Foreigners have been taking advantage of the United States and its workers.


Canada and EU Notch Rare Win for Free Trade

But CETA may be the last win they see for a long time.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Grand Strategic Train Wreck

Believe it or not, the president has a grand strategy. But it's a nightmarish mess.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests at a campaign rally on December 21, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The full-house event was repeatedly interrupted by protestors. Trump continues to lead the most polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Turf War Before Trade War

Worrisome rumblings on trade have been emanating from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (L to R) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his newly selected vice presidential running mate Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, as he takes the stage during an event at the Hilton Midtown Hotel, July 16, 2016 in New York City. On Friday, Trump announced on Twitter that he chose Pence to be his running mate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images))

Trade Under Trump

Three things to track as the new Trump administration forms.

The Pollution Pain Of Rare Earth Village

Rare-Earth Market

By monopolizing the mining of rare-earth metals, China could dictate the future of high-tech.

Ministerial Representatives from  12 countries take part in the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 4, 2016.  / AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEY        (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Have Old Ideas About NAFTA Hurt the TPP?

Anti-trade rhetoric cood doom the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

GUANGAN, CHINA:  Workers assemble goods at a Hong Kong-China joint-venture factory manufacturing wigs and other hair products for export to Africa, Europe and the Americas, as well as the domestic market, 22 August 2004 in Guangan, in southwest China's Sichuan province. China is facing increasing pressure to create employment at a time when jobs are being wiped out at an unprecedented rate as state enterprises downsize and agriculture offers too few opportunities for work. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN  (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Did China Trade Cost the United States 2.4 Million Jobs?

In a charged election year, with China suspicion running high, it becomes even more vital that analyses be well-conceived.

Demonstrators protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are seen on Pennsylvania Avenue, near the White House, on September 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The TPP is a proposed free trade agreement being negotiated by  Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The TPP Train Could Still Get Derailed

There's a long way to go before the United States passes real trade legislation — and it may not end up being what the American people want.