Free Trade

Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s nuclear-weapons tests, missile launches, and threats to attack American territory are hostile acts. What is debatable is how the United States and allies should respond.

A Costly Education: Great War Lessons on Democracy, Trade, and Arms Races
A Costly Education: Great War Lessons on Democracy, Trade, and Arms Races

The Great War, which America entered a century ago this month, offers lessons for us today on democracy, trade, and arms races.

Chaos Theory: Trouble with Trump’s Foreign Policy
Chaos Theory: Trouble with Trump’s Foreign Policy

Trump appeared to revel in chaos on the campaign trail, but chaos theory does not hold when it comes to foreign policy. Consider some of the consequences—and these are the shortest of short-term consequences—of Trump’s early foreign policy decisions and pronouncements.

Goodbye NAFTA? Canada Donald Trump Justin Trudeau Free Trade
Goodbye NAFTA?

Given that America is (by far) Canada’s top trading partner, the prospective renegotiation of NAFTA is now by necessity Canada’s top foreign affairs priority.

What Will Brexit Mean? A Review
What Will Brexit Mean? A Review

This morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech thankfully detailing her vision for Brexit beyond vague references. Still, continued uncertainty makes this drama one of the top stories I’ll be watching through 2017 and 2018.

Globalism Broken
After Globalism and Identity Politics

America has been mesmerized by two ideas that have given hazy coherence to the post-1989 world: “globalism” and “identity politics.”

Protectionism False Hope Free Trade
False Hope of Protectionism

Over the past year, popular demand to use protectionism to shield workers and companies from cheap foreign products has received more attention. But the focus should be on improving productivity and helping workers transition.

Brexit and Pursuing Sovereignty over Regulations
Brexit & Pursuing Sovereignty over Regulations

If Britain does vote to leave, a driving factor would be a desire to reassert London’s sovereignty, instead of allowing the EU to dictate policies or regulations. Yet there is a risk that the UK would exchange real sovereignty for an imaginary kind.

Lessons from South America: Looking Down While Moving Forward
Lessons from South America: Looking Down While Moving Forward

It may have been the food, the people, the chance of hiking in Patagonia, or the prospect of mastering my…