U.S. Politics

Is China Manipulating its Currency?

The Trump administration can pretty much do whatever it wants regarding naming countries currency manipulators.  No U.S. law prevents that.  But current U.S. law does not support finding any country a manipulator at this time.   U.S. dollar strength reflects higher growth in the U.S. compared to other countries and likely continued higher U.S. interest rates as the Fed tightens U.S. monetary policy while other central banks maintain their expansionary policies.     

China and the Trump Administration: Conflict or Cooperation

The Trump Administration is off to a fast start, and China is watching closely. Opportunities for conflict or cooperation range from trade to climate change to the South China Sea. How will the relationship between the two nations unfold? Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly provides insights into China’s thinking in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The View from Mexico | Border Adjustment Tax: Economic Impact and WTO Consistency

Donald Trump has been elected U.S. President as disrupter in chief; somebody that can get things done and change the status quo.

The center of his program appears to be a tax reform to completely revamp the U.S. system.  “I understand the tax laws better than almost anyone. And that is why I am one that can truly fix them,” he said several times in debates and rallies.  The idea is to end up with a system that favors investment on infrastructure and capital goods.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

President-elect Donald Trump’s phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen soon after his election has brought the One China policy back into the political limelight. Amid renewed interest in assessing cross-Strait relations, the question remains how the latest developments may impact Taiwan itself. Join us for a discussion about the outlook for U.S.-Taiwan relations from a political, security, as well as economic perspective and the evolution of Taiwan’s position in Asia.

President Obama Eases Sudan Sanctions

President Obama has eased sanctions against Sudan, a nation designated as a terrorism sponsor whose leader has been accused of war crimes. Wilson Center Africa Program Fellow, Zach Vertin, explains the move and what the US hopes to gain by attempting to normalize relations with the African nation.

Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

Most Americans trace the origins of conservative media to the rise of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News in the 1980s and 1990s. But Nicole Hemmer argues it started much earlier, in the 1940s and 1950s, when activists working in media emerged as leaders of the American conservative movement. She contends that these media activists not only started an array of enterprises, from publishing houses to radio programs to  magazines, they also built the movement -- with lasting consequences for American politics and media.

Strategic Recommendations for Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing, a form of open innovation that engages the public in authentic scientific research, has many documented benefits like advancing research, STEM education and addressing societal needs. This method has gained significant momentum in the U.S. Federal government in the past four years. In September 2015 the White House issued a memorandum asking federal agencies to report on their citizen science and crowdsourcing projects and appoint coordinators within each agency.

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