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North America Security

Keeping Guantanamo open is a long-term strategic error

Trump’s decision to maintain the Guantanamo Bay facility risks further worsening relations with key Arab and European allies while providing a recruitment incentive for lone-wolf terrorists and other non-state actors.

Economics North America

The modern worker’s dilemma: why are wages falling?

With U.S. economic growth strong and unemployment low, policymakers and economists alike are asking themselves: Why are wages falling?

Economics North America

Opportunity slips away as disagreements over NAFTA continue

President Donald Trump will face major decisions around trade in 2018, especially with regard to the 24-year old North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).

North America Politics

Will the US midterms spell the end of #MAGA?

Could Trump’s low approval ratings and legislative shortcomings clear the path to a Democrat majority in Congress and derail his vision for America?

Economics North America Technology and infrastructure

The trillion dollar question: will Trump fix America’s infrastructure?

Fresh off passing a major tax reform bill, the Republican-led Congress enters the new year with positive momentum. However, serious obstacles remain to Trump’s prize infrastructure bill.

Economics North America

NAFTA 2.0 negotiations: Why Trump may back off

After six rounds of talks in 2017 between Canada, Mexico and the United States to renegotiate NAFTA, parties still appear far from consensus.

North America Security

Right-wing extremism in America: A growing threat?

The violence committed by right-wing extremists against counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew the world’s attention to a seemingly new threat emerging in the United States. Linda Schlegel assesses the risks

Middle East/North Africa North America

Why the US won’t lose Middle East allies over Trump’s Jerusalem move

US allies in the Middle East now see Iran as the primary threat, and might be willing to accept a lesser deal on Palestine in order to gain Israeli support.

Asia Pacific North America

Will the US-Japan alliance endure under a Trump presidency?

Like a second-string quarterback thrown into a tie game in the fourth quarter, Japan is shouldering a heavier burden in Asia-Pacific, though not by design.

Economics North America

Trump and the ‘normalisation’ of relations with Cuba

On 8 November, Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Cuba, targeting the tourism and business industries. Is this a return to Cold War politics?