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  • The Future of U.S. Trade Policy: An Emerging Bipartisan Consensus?

    The Biden administration has made major changes to foreign policy, but it has largely accepted its predecessor’s trade framework. Biden officials have signaled acceptance of Trump-negotiated trade agreements and maintained tariffs and exports controls targeting China—at least for now. Will this situation last? And if there is a new U.S. trade regime that is durable

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  • Upcoming Event: How Stable is North Korea?

    North Korea has fallen out of Western media headlines in recent months, but the situation inside that country appears dire. The Kim regime has been reeling under the pressure of sanctions from the international community, the strains of severe food shortages brought forth by natural disasters and resource mismanagement, and the weight of COVID-19 in a

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  • Can the US and Russia Agree on Cyber Rules?

    Ransomware attacks targeting American businesses and critical infrastructure are highlighting how difficult it will be for the Biden administration to achieve its stated goal of stable and predictable relations with Russia.  The nature of the cyber domain blurs old lines that once separated armed combat from espionage, governments from non-state actors, and public diplomacy from

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  • Why is China Turning up the Heat on Taiwan? A Debate

    Beijing’s political and military pressure on Taiwan has been growing markedly, and some statements by senior Chinese leaders suggest a growing impatience for reunification.  These developments have spurred an American debate over the effectiveness of long-standing US cross-strait policies.  But whether and how to adjust US policy depends critically on assessments of Beijing’s motivations and

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  • Assessing the Results of the Biden-Putin Summit

    How should we interpret the results of the summit meeting in Geneva between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin?  Did either side succeed in advancing its goals?  What impact might their meeting have on the course of relations between the world’s foremost nuclear powers?   On June 17, 2021, the Center for the National Interest

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