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 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

The Global Pivot to China

China’s plans for the 21st century have big implications for wider global order
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
May 27, 2014

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Can Trump – or Anyone – Bring Back US Manufacturing?

Manufacturing hits all-time high in 2015, but efficiency reduced the jobs
December 8, 2016

Foreign Companies Face New Clampdown for Getting Money Out of China

New controls could speed up withdrawals and deter foreign investment
James T. Areddy and Lingling Wei
December 8, 2016

Trade Week Africa and the Continental Free Trade Area

Tariff reductions could keep $80 billion in the continent and boost economies
Amy Copley
December 7, 2016

Promises Trump Can’t Keep

To fulfill job promises, Trump must curtail automation and productivity
Nayan Chanda
November 28, 2016

“Brexit” Requires a Vote in Parliament, UK Court Rules

Prime minister had hoped for speedy process, but court ruled against shortcut
Stephen Castle
November 3, 2016

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