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A 'World Class' Military: Assessing China's Global Military Ambitions

Infographic | What We Know About the U.S.-Mexico Immigration Deal So Far

'Countering the Global Narcotics Epidemic – The United States’ Counternarcotics Strategy': Earl Anthony Wayne Testifies before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

 

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Mexico's Dignity

The damage is done. Irrespective of whether Donald Trump imposes his proposed tariffs on Mexican goods, he has already gravely undermined the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico.

Donald Trump has begun his 2020 reelection bid in much the same way he began his successful 2016 campaign: by attacking Mexico and Mexicans to galvanise his base. He has insouciantly slapped Mexico, a central economic partner and strategic ally, with the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, a law ordinarily reserved for enemies of the United States.

Reaching Agreement with Mexico

U.S. and Mexican cabinet ministers are conducting intense negotiations this week to craft solutions on handling Central American migrant flows.  They seek to forgo a dangerous path of ratcheting up U.S. tariffs on Mexican imports that would dearly cost U.S. consumers, businesses and farmers.  

As former U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico, we urge these senior leaders to delink trade and immigration and find ways ahead to address the real problems around Central American migration.  Otherwise, we face lose-lose outcomes. 

Paying the Cost for U.S. Withdrawal from TPP

With bows exchanged to Japan’s newly enthroned emperor and a huge trophy awarded to the season’s sumo champion, President Trump’s latest visit to Tokyo was at first blush a protocol triumph. The fact that the president was willing to commit four days simply to travel to Japan when he will be going there again in a month’s time for the G20 meeting also sent a powerful signal to across the Asia-Pacific region that U.S-Japan relations remain strong and critical for both countries.

Coping with the Russian Challenge in the Middle East: U.S.-Israeli Perspectives and Opportunities for Cooperation

The following is a 2018-2019 Joint Study conducted by the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. For information on contributing authors and a PDF version of the report, please see Appendix 1 below.

Executive Summary and Key Takeaway Points

Firmness in the Face of Trump's Schizophrenia

May seemed to be a month of great progress towards the approval of the new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the so-called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

On May 17, 2019, the United States agreed to remove the 25 and 10 percent tariffs applied respectively to steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada for reasons of national security. On May 20, 2019, Mexico and Canada subsequently removed the retaliatory tariffs imposed on the United States for this measure.

India’s Election Results: Impacts on the Economy and Economic Relations with Washington

On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expanded its mandate with a landslide victory. What do these results mean for India’s economy? Rising unemployment and economic reforms pose significant challenges, but trade is also a key flashpoint – especially with Washington. Will the U.S.-India economic relationship expand to match an already fast-growing defense partnership? Or will commercial strains affect this burgeoning strategic relationship? What impact might U.S. trade tensions with China have on its trade relations with India?

AfPak File: What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?

With U.S.-Iran relations in serious crisis, Pakistan finds itself in a uniquely vulnerable position. It has significant relationships with Tehran’s U.S. and Saudi rivals. It has a large Shia population that may exceed 30 million. And it shares a border with Iran.

What does the U.S.-Iran confrontation mean for Islamabad, and how does it affect Pakistan’s stated position of neutrality in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry?

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