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Asia Pacific Economics

Myanmar foreign investment law should inspire U.S. policy

Myanmar has signed the New York Convention,  which essentially means that international business contracts in the country can now be predictably enforced. On March 6, the Myanmar Parliament agreed to

International Politics

How protectionist will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement be?

Will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement follow a protectionist path, or will liberalizing forces push for greater concessions from the pact’s members. “Everything is on the table, […] we should

Economics North America

Extend the exorbitant privilege: Why the Dollar is here to stay

Despite potential challenges from the euro, yen, and yuan, the Dollar remains the world’s reserve currency of choice. The last decade has given rise to much discussion about the role

Asia Pacific Security

More Carrot? A Response to Robert S. Ross

This post responds to Robert S. Ross’s November/ December 2012 Foreign Affairs piece, The Problem with the Pivot. According to Ross, “The Obama administration has responded to Chinese assertiveness by reinforcing

International Security

Lead, Engage and Balance: U.S strategic options for integrating China

The Asia-Pacific’s place at the forefront of economic growth relies on the maintenance of order that may be inhibited by the weakening of U.S. unipolarity and the rise of hegemonic

Finance North America

Strategic foreign aid in the ‘Age of Sequestration’

The Age of Sequestration has seen rising public and governmental concern about the ineffectiveness of foreign aid. Articles like U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance

Economics North America

Why the U.S economy may surprise in the medium term

With interest rates at record lows and zero political appetite for more fiscal stimulus, it is difficult to find feasible steps the Obama Administration can pursue to inflate the American

North America Technology and infrastructure

Navigating the international patent mess

The tech world and the patent system have long been at odds. The fast changing nature of technological innovation is ill suited to the slow and bureaucratic Patent and Trademark