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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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    New research shows that Donald Trump’s election spurred European unity

New research shows that Donald Trump’s election spurred European unity

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Did the election of Donald Trump as US president affect the popularity of the European Union (EU) in Europe? In new research, Lara Minkus, Emanuel Deutschmann and Jan Delhey find that that Trump’s surprise victory in 2016 did cause a considerable increase in the EU’s post-election popularity. Gains in popularity were particularly high among those who perceived their country […]

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    Hundreds of scholars have signed a statement defending the international institutions that Trump has attacked

Hundreds of scholars have signed a statement defending the international institutions that Trump has attacked

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In July, forty-two international relations scholars published a statement in the New York Times which argued that President Trump needed to do more to preserve the post World War II international order.  David A. Lake and Peter Gourevitch led the effort to publish the statement and argue why the president should consider their points of view. 

What are the arguments for […]

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    Why championing women’s rights abroad should be a central part of US foreign policy

Why championing women’s rights abroad should be a central part of US foreign policy

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During her tenure as Secretary of State, and later during her 2016 presidential election campaign, Hillary Clinton called for women’s rights to be central to US foreign policy. In new research Nilay Saiya, Tasneem Zaihra and Joshua Fidler find that improving women’s rights outside of the US actually helps to make the US safer; countries where women can be […]

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    Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

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In recent years, it has become painfully clear that isolationism, populism and Machiavellian realpolitik are challenging nearly every pillar of multilateral governance and liberal internationalism. If the institutions and practices at the core of cosmopolitan politics are to survive, it is a high time for some critical reflection. In Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment, Daniele […]

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