A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

The US and Russia Face to Face as Ice Curtain Melts

Melting Arctic ice revives trade hopes and defense worries along non-hostile border between the US and Russia
Humphrey Hawksley
November 5, 2015

Pacific Trade Deal Needs to Harmonize With Sustainable Development Goals

Transpacific Partnership boosts UN Sustainable Development Goals in some ways and undermines them in others
Shuaihua Wallace Cheng
October 22, 2015

Pakistan Keen to Keep Ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia

Open for trade, Iran may test two rivalries – its own with Saudi Arabia, another between Pakistan and India
Debalina Ghoshal
October 1, 2015

Can Trade Keep Iran in Line?

Trade delegations rush to Iran; if its nuclear ambitions are not contained, restoring sanctions won't be easy
Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
September 17, 2015

Seeking Safety Abroad: The Hidden Story in China’s FDI Statistics

The Chinese prefer investing overseas; dummy companies may ease transfers and devalue renminbi
Farok J. Contractor
September 10, 2015

Beijing’s Maritime Silk Road Passes Through Islamabad

With strong ties to Pakistan, China extends economic and strategic influence over the Indian Ocean region
Dilip Hiro
July 21, 2015

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