U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say
Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.
The Canadian Women Who Changed Trump’s Mind on Tariffs
Chrystia Freeland, Mary Ng, and Kirsten Hillman got the White House to do something rare: back down.
Why Fishing Could Sink Britain’s Brexit Deal With Europe
Diplomatic battles over fish stocks—and the future of struggling coastal communities—threaten to drag the U.K.-EU relationship onto the rocks.
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No, Biden Will Not End Trade Wars
Biden has matched Trump’s rhetoric on trade soundbite for soundbite, and his economic plans are likely to make trade conflicts worse.
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?
Global Capital Is the Tail That Wags the U.S. Economic Dog
Economists have long imagined that the free movement of capital around the world benefits the U.S. economy. It doesn’t.
Sanctions Are Driving Iran and Venezuela Into Each Other’s Arms
Maximum pressure has not destroyed the Iranian economy, and Tehran is now sharing its lessons in resilience with Nicolás Maduro’s beleaguered regime in Caracas.
China Is Merkel’s Biggest Failure in Office
The German chancellor has put future deals over moral values, but she’s not alone.
Chinese Acquisitions of Western Firms Threaten National Security
If the invisible hand won’t produce buyers at home, governments will need to step in.
India Doesn’t Want to Be a Pawn in a U.S.-China Great Game
Beijing’s belligerence is driving New Delhi closer toward Washington—but with strings attached.
How Biden Could Use Trump’s Trade War Thumbscrews to Fight Climate Change
Fortunately for supporters of aggressive action on global emissions, Trump has demonstrated a highly effective way to circumvent the legislative process.
Why a Quiet Hajj Is Hurting Somalia
Somalia usually sells millions of animals to Saudi Arabia to feed pilgrims. This year, it has nowhere to send its goats.
To Avoid a Coronavirus Depression, the U.S. Can’t Afford to Alienate the World
America needs a cooperative global economy to dig itself out of the downturn. That will require deft economic diplomacy, not bluster and bullying.
Pompeo’s Strategy Depends on Beijing’s Own Paranoia
The U.S. secretary of state is raising the temperature with China to force decoupling.
How to Deglobalize
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are calling for a rethinking of global supply chains. If they are serious, they’ll need to proceed carefully.
Trump Is Escalating the Trade Fight With Europe—and There’s No Easy Way Out
Not even a Biden victory would heal the wounds in the U.S.-EU relationship.