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Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León February 21, 2019
Russia and the United States each hold thousands of nuclear weapons, far more than other countries have. Yet the two nations no longer lead efforts to reduce nuclear arms: The United States announced suspension of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and Russia soon followed suit. This comes amid plans for more missile-defense systems and modernization of nuclear capabilities....
John B. Bellinger February 18, 2019
At the Munich Security Conference, a group of former world leaders released a declaration of democratic principles to counter challenges to democracy from populist authoritarianism, anti-democratic trends, wage stagnation, inequality, and new technologies. “The Declaration for Freedom, Prosperity and Peace is the product of a year-long task force sponsored by the Atlantic Council and Canada'...
Minxin Pei February 18, 2019
If the US and China fail to negotiate a comprehensive trade agreement, bilateral trade, the economic relationship will erode as tariffs of up to 25 percent are applied on $200 billion of Chinese exports to the US, thus encouraging relocation of business activity out of China. Even if the two nations resolve differences over China’s state-owned enterprises and subsidies, the relationship could...
Yan Xuetong February 16, 2019
US Vice President Mike Pence’s 2018 speech at the Hudson Institute, stopping short at inaugurating a new Cold War, bluntly enumerated China’s encroachment on US interests. His words illustrated the Trump administration’s perception of the rising power in the East, one determined to replace the United States in the global order. Yan Xuetong writes in Foreign Affairs that China does not seek an...
Valbona Zeneli and Michael R. Czinkota February 15, 2019
With more than 160 members, the World Trade Organization describes itself as the only global organization dealing with the rules of trade among nations. “The outsourcing revolution has affected the developing world in a major way: global manufacturing and new services have dramatically changed supply chains; corporate espionage and intellectual property infringements supported many corporate...
February 14, 2019
Despite the conviction of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the US demand for illegal drugs has not subsided. The Sinaloa drug cartel is under new leadership, less flamboyant and violent, and still maintains an international network bringing in product from places near and far, whether Colombia or Malaysia. “Those heaping bags of fentanyl – sourced in China – and plastic tubs of crystal meth, heroin...
Yasmeen Serhan February 14, 2019
Britons cast their fateful votes two and a half years ago, narrowly deciding in favor of withdrawing from the European Union. What followed has been a string of broken promises, failed agreements, no-confidence votes and cabinet resignations. Prime Minister Theresa May has defied tradition by clinging to her position despite no-confidence votes from the opposition and her own party. She keeps the...