The South China Sea dispute has been a hallmark issue in Sino-American relations for the past several years. Contrary to the hawkish assertions of White House adviser Steve Bannon, open conflict in the region is completely avoidable as long as US foreign policy recognizes that interactions within the region do not compose a zero-sum game.Read More
Contrary to the predictions of many modernization theorists, China's rapid economic development has not been matched with political liberalization. As President Xi consolidates power within the CCP, the prospects of liberalization have become even more slim. What steps can the American government take to promote democratizing reforms as Beijing plunges deeper into autocracy?Read More
India’s demonetization is a short-term policy that will prove to be a useless exercise unless it is used as a starting point for further political discourse and action.Read More
Because revenue neutral carbon taxes have proven largely ineffective, both in theory and in practice, Washington’s adoption of a subpar emissions mitigation technique in I-732 could have quelled cries for climate action without making significant steps towards addressing the problem.Read More
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