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    China and the US have a long history of cooperation on opioid control. The latest announcement is pure White House theatre.

China and the US have a long history of cooperation on opioid control. The latest announcement is pure White House theatre.

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This week at the G20 summit, President Trump announced that China had agreed that the export of synthetic opioids, namely Fentanyls, to the US would be curtailed. John Collins writes that the move is another political ‘sugar rush’ for the administration which is unlikely to address the US opioid crisis. Delving into the long history of US-China cooperation on […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: How Great Powers Transition: A Conversation with Dr. Kori Schake

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: How Great Powers Transition: A Conversation with Dr. Kori Schake

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In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark, your host Chris Gilson talks with Dr. Kori Schake, the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about her new book Safe Passage. Dr. Schake discusses how and when power can peacefully shift from one hegemon to another, the impact of Trump’s foreign policy on America’s standing in the world, […]

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    Growth, import dependence and war: the risks of Chinese vulnerability

Growth, import dependence and war: the risks of Chinese vulnerability

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The stakes are high for China as it faces structural change and the increasing need to import raw materials, write Roberto Bonfatti and Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke.

World trade has increased tremendously in recent decades, driven by the rise of China and other emerging economies. The reliance of world trade on choke points (such as the Strait of Hormuz, the Malacca […]

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    The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

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Mexico’s resort to riot police and tear gas is part of a wider effort to scare migrants into returning to Central America. But push factors like extreme violence and grinding poverty weigh far more in the balance than shows of dissuasive violence, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon.

A migrant caravan made up of approximately 2,000 Hondurans (including women, children, and […]

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    What Trump’s American First policy means for the international trading system

What Trump’s American First policy means for the international trading system

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In recent months, President Trump has imposed tariffs on Chinese imports – a move which has caused concern in many other countries and among international organizations. Stephen Woolcock writes that Trump’s tactics can be interpreted in four different ways; getting a better deal for US exports; revising the rules on trade; precipitating a crisis to push new agreements; […]

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    The future of EU international investment policy – What clues to take from NAFTA 2.0?

The future of EU international investment policy – What clues to take from NAFTA 2.0?

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What can the latest revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States tell us about the potential future of EU international investment policy? Robert Basedow suggests that NAFTA 2.0 indicates the love story of OECD economies with investment protection agreements and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms appears to be coming to […]

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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “For Trump, the principal focus on China is domestic and not geopolitical”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “For Trump, the principal focus on China is domestic and not geopolitical”

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Since July, the Trump administration has targeted China with growing tariffs on imported Chinese goods, with the country responding in kinds. In this interview, US Center Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, comments that Trump’s trade conflict with China is more about satisfying his supporters at home rather than competing with China on the world stage. 
Donald Trump has set out to disrupt […]

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    Are Sino-US relations really comparable to the WWI-era Anglo-German rivalry?

Are Sino-US relations really comparable to the WWI-era Anglo-German rivalry?

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Imperial Germany’s rivalry with Britain is often used as an analogy to explain the contemporary US-China relationship. Kate Epstein explains why this interpretation of the past is based on an outdated draft of history, and what new questions might be asked based on more recent research.

One of today’s premier strategic challenges is the Sino-US relationship. When analysts turn to history […]

The WTO’s unfinished business

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Members have the opportunity to set their tariffs in a mutually beneficial manner, but little cooperation in tariff setting is actually observed, write Alessandro Nicita, Marcelo Olarreaga, and Peri Silva.

The ongoing international trade tensions between the US and a host of countries serves as a reminder of the importance of strong international institutions in helping avoid the escalation of […]

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    Should Chinese citizens be kept away from sensitive research at US universities?

Should Chinese citizens be kept away from sensitive research at US universities?

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History shows that barring foreign scientists can damage scientific progress and technological innovation, write Alessandro Iaria, Carlo Schwarz and Fabian Waldinger.

The Trump administration 
is considering measures to restrict Chinese citizens from performing sensitive research at American universities and research institutions. The boycott appears to
 be motivated by fears that Chinese researchers may be carrying out espionage activities and handing […]

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