Economics and Globalization

Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security

How disputes over privacy and security have shaped the relationship between the European Union and the United States and what this means for the future

The China-U.S. Trade War: Lessons from History

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we are joined by Wilson Fellow Felix Boecking, who discusses the unintended consequences of protectionism and the difficulties of strategizing trade wars with a focus on specific examples from China in the early 20th century.  He also highlights his recent book, No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945.

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Dr. Monde Muyangwa Provides an Assessment of Africa's Security and Economic Priorities at St. Edward's University

Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Wilson Center, delivered a broad-ranging lecture on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on the security and economic challenges and opportunities across Africa. Her comprehensive and substantive lecture offered a brief historical overview of the formation of African nation states, and then concluded with her assessments of options for developing a comprehensive U.S. foreign policy for Africa.

What Recession? Argentina's Tough-on-Crime Minister Changes the Pre-Election Debate

To outside observers, Argentina’s hardline security minister, Patricia Bullrich, is a lightning rod. Over the past three years she has tangled repeatedly with human rights groups, infuriating not only local activists aligned with the country’s former leftist president, but also international heavyweights such as Amnesty International.

Brazil’s Role in Venezuela Crisis Will Be Put to the Test in Bolsonaro’s Visit to Trump

In her analysis for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil Institute Global Fellow Jana Nelson argues that Bolsonaro’s first visit to Washington is symbolic of deepening Brazil-U.S. ties, but that concrete results will not emerge just yet.
 

Jair Bolsonaro’s Meeting with Donald Trump Promises Little of Substance

Jair Bolsonaro’s meeting with Donald Trump promises little of substance
Mutual admiration will outweigh practical results
 

Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class

Politicians, economists, and the media have put forth no shortage of explanations for the mounting problem of wealth inequality - a loss of working class jobs, a rise in finance-driven speculative capitalism, and a surge of tax policy decisions that benefit the ultra-rich, among others. While these arguments focus on the macro problems that contribute to growing inequality, they overlook one innocuous but substantial contributor to the widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction that people make.

The Dangerous Business of Defining Trade Threats

It’s been just over three decades since members of Congress smashed a Toshiba boombox with great fanfare on the footsteps of Capitol Hill in protest against the flood of Japanese exports into the United States. The visual of three Congressmen and women wielding sledgehammers made clear the U.S. legislators’ wrath against the ever-growing trade imbalance between Japan and the United States at the height of the trade war in 1987.

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