Trade and Development

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, “Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945.”

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Event Transcript: Powering Brazil - The Outlook for Brazil's Energy and Mining Sectors, with Minister Bento Albuquerque

On March 7, 2019, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque spoke at the Wilson Center on the outlook for Brazil’s energy and mining sectors under the new administration.

The Minister was candid in his recognition of the challenges ahead for Brazil, but assured that the government remains committed to strengthening governance and improving the legal and regulatory processes in the mining and energy sectors: work that has been given new urgency following the devastating collapse of the tailings mine in Brumadinho in February 2019.

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.

Navigating China and the U.S.: A Conversation with Prime Minister José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva of Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde navigates a complex array of foreign partnerships, balancing the interests of great powers like China, the U.S., and the EU. Chinese construction and financial assistance, predating now-widespread China-Africa engagement, was instrumental to the island nation’s development.

Pobreza Cero: Dream Deferred

During his 2015 presidential campaign, Mauricio Macri promised “pobreza cero.” Though he was vague on his proposed strategy and timeline, the goal helped soften his image as an out-of-touch millionaire.

Powering Brazil: The Outlook for Brazil's Energy and Mining Sectors

The Minister's presentation and a transcript of the Minister's remarks and Q&A session (translated into English) are available for download below.
 

The Emergence of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Last year, Pathways to Change – Pakistan Policy Symposium, a two-day event jointly organized by the Wilson Center and INDUS, convened expert scholars, academics, and practitioners from the United States and Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s recent achievements in economic, political, and foreign affairs as well as its opportunities to address current and future challenges. Speakers and panelists focused on identifying practical, innovative, and above all actionable policy solutions.

Pakistan's Path to Competitiveness

Last year, Pathways to Change – Pakistan Policy Symposium, a two-day event jointly organized by the Wilson Center and INDUS, convened expert scholars, academics, and practitioners from the United States and Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s recent achievements in economic, political, and foreign affairs as well as its opportunities to address current and future challenges. Speakers and panelists focused on identifying practical, innovative, and above all actionable policy solutions.

The USMCA and the Future of Mexico's Trade Policy under AMLO

In this event, Luz María de la Mora, Mexico's Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, discussed the USMCA and future directions of Mexico's trade policy under AMLO.

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