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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?

Economics North America

NAFTA e-commerce limits likely to rise, but at what cost?

Proposed changes are inevitable, but could put many traditional retailers out of business, creating a complex political decision for NAFTA leaders.

North America Politics

Impact of Manafort indictment reaches beyond the White House

Former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates have been indicted. Will the administration survive the gathering storm?