In The News

Stephen S. Roach March 4, 2017
Strident rhetoric about competitors and rivals is common in US presidential campaigns, and the Trump administration has appinted a team whose "anti-China credentials are without modern precedent,” explains Stephen Roach, author and Yale faculty member for the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. “Its initial pronouncements point to a wide range of economic and political sanctions – from...
Paul Millar March 3, 2017
Religious minorities in undeveloped nations are susceptible to funds and influence from outside sources. Fundamentalists in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia target poor Muslims around the globe, including the Cham community in Cambodia. “Tracing their descent from the ancient kingdom of Champa in modern-day Vietnam, the more than 400,000 Chams who live in Cambodia have...
Te-Ping Chen March 2, 2017
More than 500,000 Chinese students studied at foreign universities in 2015 with the United States as the most popular destination followed by the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. “A rise in incomes and frustration with China’s ultracompetitive education system produced a study-abroad fervor of historic proportions,” reports Te-Ping Chen for the Wall Street Journal. “In recent years, around...
March 2, 2017
South Korea is ranked the world’s 11th largest economy while its neighbor to the north, isolated and poor, does not rank among the top 100. The free flow of information and news contributes to economic growth and development, and South Korea is making plans for a foundation to improve human rights in North Korea and push projects that help North Koreans access outside information. But activists...
Anne Krueger March 1, 2017
Trade – even imports – creates jobs in many ways, explains Anne Krueger, a former World Bank chief economist and a senior research professor of International Economics. Jobs include those associated with ports and retail sales as well as foreign direct investment. Companies that save money can direct more effort to innovation and R&D, and with the most efficient goods and services available,...
February 28, 2017
The Trump administration promised extreme vetting to prevent terrorism. A first step was an attempt to ban travelers from seven Muslim nations, quickly blocked by courts. Still, travelers describe intrusive questions, delays and rude behavior from border agents, the Guardian reports. A British Muslim schoolteacher, traveling to New York for a school trip was in his words, “treated like a criminal...
Shawn Donnan and Demetri Sevastopulo February 28, 2017
The United States is searching for legal ways to impose unilateral trade sanctions against some countries, including China, as faster and more direct alternatives than the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement process. “Since being established in 1995 the WTO has become the pre-eminent venue for resolving trade fights between member countries, which its proponents say has helped prevent...

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