Japan Pushes the Speed Limit on Trade Talks
Tokyo wants to swerve past Trumpian pitfalls—and get a deal done.
Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds
Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.
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.
A Win-Win U.S.-China Trade Deal Is Possible
Selling more goods is not enough. Trump’s trade agreement with Beijing must include real structural reforms.
How Japan Became the Adult at the Trade Table
While Washington withdraws from multilateral deals, Tokyo has been uncharacteristically leading efforts to save them.
In Trump’s Economy, the Invisible Hand Belongs to the Government
The state’s role in the U.S. economy has expanded dramatically under President Trump, even as he pushes China to exert less control.
Britain’s Crisis Isn’t Constitutional. It’s Political.
A Remain Parliament is confronting a Brexit electorate—and none of the solutions on offer is likely to resolve the stalemate anytime soon.
Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May’s Brexit Extension
If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.
Boeing’s Crisis Strengthens Beijing’s Hand
In its trade standoff with the United States, China’s Ace could be the 737 Max.
For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?
Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.
Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss
Many fear a go-it-alone future outside the EU portends economic eclipse.
India is Trump’s Next Target in the Trade War
Ending India’s preferential trade treatment won’t hurt economically—but it is politically dangerous.
Despite Setbacks, Trump’s Blunt Diplomacy Could Eventually Work
He's had one of the worst weeks as president. But his crude blend of threats and flattery could eventually pay off with North Korea and China.
Having Failed to Clinch a Deal With North Korea, Trump Turns to China
The administration talks up progress in “historic” trade talks, but an agreement remains elusive.
Gibraltar Will Never Accept Shared Sovereignty
The Spanish government seems to think the British overseas territory will sacrifice its sovereignty for the sake of convenience after Brexit. It is wrong.
For Kurdish Smugglers, Iran Sanctions Are Starting to Bite
The kolbars brave subfreezing temperatures and border guards’ bullets to carry heavy loads over the mountains in an unemployment-plagued region that Iran’s government has all but forgotten.
Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes
Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.
Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances
The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.
EU Offers Up a Meager Workaround to U.S. Iran Sanctions
The new vehicle will do little to ease Iran’s economic pain, though it should help humanitarian trade.
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.