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.

TPP, China and the Future of Global Trade Order

China could ask to join TPP, but would prefer finalizing the Doha Round with the WTO
Shuaihua Cheng
October 14, 2014

The Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative: No Pipe Dream

Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India agree to move on 1,700-kilometer natural gas pipeline
Marc Grossman
August 28, 2014

All Eyes on Africa

The US is among many nations courting a confident Africa on aid, trade and natural resources
J. Peter Pham
August 14, 2014

China’s Challenge in Africa: Avoid Blame of Neo-Colonialism

China modifies its south-south narrative for Africa and recognizes the continent as competitor
Gregory Chin
July 9, 2014

From the Unipolar Moment to a Multiplex World

New World order emerges, one that requires cooperation and ability to build regional ties
Amitav Acharya
July 3, 2014

Modi Doubles Down on the Neighborhood

Pragmatic politics and economics lead India’s Modi to nurture strong ties close to home
Alyssa Ayres
June 10, 2014

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