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The Russian Shadow behind the Comey Dismissal

The Trump’s administration’s highest-level meeting with Russia is taking place on Wednesday morning. The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will call on President Trump in the White House, the first such visit since 2013.

“It’s unclear when the meeting with Trump was set,” Politico reports. “But it is customary for the president to receive a visiting Russian foreign minister. Tillerson met with Putin during his April 12 visit to the Kremlin.”

The New U.S.-Mexico Relationship, 100 Days In

Back from meetings with top officials in Mexico City, Wilson’s Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood offers behind-the-scenes insight on the Mexican government’s emerging strategy for dealing with the Trump administration, including the calculus and context for the looming renegotiation of NAFTA.

Ready or Not: A Strategy for an Effective U.S. Military

The United States Military: Thoughts From Sen. John Cornyn on a Strategy for the 21st Century 

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.

The Cybersecurity Dilemma

Why do nations break into one another's most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn't the full story. 

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.


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.