Economy

US-China Trade War: Shots Fired at ZTE as Washington Tries Reciprocity

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President Trump reaches for China’s own playbook on trade, with disastrous results for ZTE.

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

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Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

Brazil Election: A Watershed Moment for Latin America’s Right

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Brazil’s election upcoming general election is wide open, and its result could be make-or-break for the continent’s right-wing resurgence.

Global Forecast (04-17-2018)

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Ambivalence in the United States on new Russia sanctions, a Jupiter rises to defend democracy in Europe, and the IMF predicts solid global growth for 2018.

Water Conflict: Iran’s Farmers Take on the Establishment

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Water shortages are fueling protests in Iran, drawing a forceful response from the authorities.

TPP Back on the Table for the United States

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It was always going to be a matter of time, but few predicted the about face would come this quickly.

US-China Trade War: When a Concession Isn’t a Concession

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China President Xi Jinping’s Boao speech is being heralded as a major concession on trade. It’s not.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Legal Ramifications in the Self-Driving Car Era

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The advent of self-driving cars will inevitably give rise to difficult legal questions.

US-China Trade War: Chinese Tariffs Aim at the Heart of Trump Country

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China’s response to the Trump tariffs was both swift and finely tuned to inflict maximum political damage on the president and his Republican allies in Congress.

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