Millions of people have been displaced from countries like Mali. Can a free trade zone create more security?
Given that some states are being asked to increase their presence in border and remote areas, free trade and free movement of goods and people could become a real cause for concern.
Historical grievances, domestic politics, the US-China trade war and a looming global recession are all at play.
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Australia has committed to joining the US and the UK in a mission to protect oil ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But why is the Strait the source of so much tension between the US and Iran?
China retaliated with tariffs on U.S. imports after Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports.
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The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here's what readers need to know.
Wall Street traders watch as Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks.
The Fed's decision to cut interest rates for the first time since 2008 could lead to economic policies that are even more reckless.
It’s true, research says.
While the US is a nation of immigrants, China is not. That's a huge competitive advantage when doing business in emerging markets.
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992.
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As the US prepares to replace NAFTA, a labor scholar who was critical of Perot but shared concerns about the deal revisits the claim that helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.
Congress was once the seat of all power on U.S. trade policy.
President Trump has unilaterally raised tariffs and sparked trade wars, all without consulting Congress. A century ago, the roles were reversed.
Africa has tried for decades to develop robust intra-regional trade. Free trade agreement is the most recent effort
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
The world’s 20 largest economies are gathering to boost cooperation.
Trade wars are symptoms of underlying economic problems rather than their cause.
Will a handshake lead to a deal?
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Presidents Xi and Trump agreed to restart trade talks at the G-20, but even if a major deal is reached, US companies would still have a very hard time doing business in China.
The components of an iPhone add up to a different cost than the phone itself.
Trump believes the money Americans spend on Chinese imports like the iPhone goes straight into China's pockets. In reality, China gets very little value from it.
Donald Trump says trade wars are easy to win. Is he right?
Sanctions are making life increasingly difficult for ordinary Iranians, such as those in Isfahan.
Growing fears of a US conflict with Iran show why the kind of unilateral sanctions the Trump administration imposed last year don't work.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He has been leading his side in trade negotiations.
US-China relations are fast deteriorating, leading to fears that a ‘cold war’ may be brewing. A China expert explains what’s motivating its behavior.
The Trump administration says its trade policy saved the U.S. steel industry.
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Trump claims the tariffs he’s imposed on imports from China and elsewhere are saving US industries and jobs. The data offers a murkier picture.
The trade war has high costs for both the U.S and China.
An economist explains why the US and Chinese governments are most likely to dig in their heels rather than find a compromise to end the costly trade conflict.
Waldseemüller map of the world, 1507.
A new look at Renaissance paintings demonstrates the world has always been global.
Fireworks explode over the Toronto skyline, during the opening ceremonies for the Pan Am Games in July 2015. Toronto is among several global cities that are driving trade in services among countries.
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Cities have not been central to public policy discussions on trade growth and diversification that are typically centred on trade pacts between countries. But cities are now driving a lot of trade.
West Coast opponents of fossil fuel exports have blocked industry plans for years.
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The 'thin green line' of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles.