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Episode 41: Trade Talk with Soumaya Keynes—Biden’s Trade Policy, the Transatlantic Relationship, and the Next Chapter

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish speak with Soumaya Keynes, trade and globalization editor at The Economist and co-host of the Trade Talks podcast, …

As the U.S. Economy Gains Steam, the Trade Deficit Debate Could Return

During the Biden administration’s first 100 days, a milestone that will be reached on May 1, trade policy has so far not played the central role it did under the …

Transatlantic Economic Relations under the Biden Administration

Be careful what you wish for? In this commentary for the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish argues that a U.S.-EU approach to China that leaves …

EU Answers U.S. Call to Cooperate on China, Now Comes the Hard Part

The recent tit-for-tat sanctions between the EU and China over human rights abuses in Xinjiang feel like a turning point in EU-China relations. Beijing’s fierce retaliation that targeted EU institutions, …

Texas Grid Failure

Lessons from Germany As the climate crisis continues to worsen, humans globally are faced with a decision: learn to adapt or face the consequences of sticking to business as usual. …

The EU’s Trade Policy Review: Conflicting Signals for Transatlantic Strategy?

The European Commission released its long-awaited Trade Policy Review (TPR) this week, placing it under the banner of “An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy.” Perhaps because of the manifold …

Peter Rashish Calls for Enhanced U.S.-EU-Japan Trilateral Process in Foreign Policy Article

In his recently published Foreign Policy article, “Biden Should Finish Trump’s One Good Trade Idea,” AICGS Senior Fellow and Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish advises the Biden administration to revive …

Race to the East? China Revives the 17+1 Summit

Last month, Beijing suddenly announced a plan to host a digital 17+1 one summit in February, bringing its relationship with Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC or CEE) back into …

From IT Security Law 2.0 to Open RAN: Germany’s 5G Strategy Evolves beyond the Huawei Debate

On January 27, the German federal government presented the draft IT Security Act 2.0 (IT-Sicherheitsgesezt 2.0) to the German Bundestag, pushing ahead a reform that is seen by some as …

A Digital Euro and Central Bank Digital Currencies

Cryptocurrencies continued to make headlines in 2020 and early 2021. For one thing, Bitcoin rallied again in November, December, and the beginning of January, lifting its price to more than …

The Rising Acceptance of Robots in Germany and Workers’ Automation Angst

A 2017 report conducted by the Nomura Research Institute indicates that Germans tend to be conservative about new technologies and see robots as emotionless mechanic helpers, mainly for industrial purposes. …

The Trade Agenda for the 46th U.S. President –Advancing Global Economic Order?

As Joe Biden takes office as the 46th President of the United States the country is at a turning point in its trade policy, one where rules are likely to …

After the Capitol Siege: Politics First, Then Economics

One of the signature lines in Bertolt Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, a product of social ferment in 1920s Berlin, is “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral.” One implication …