The Coming Decline of Global Trade

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(click to enlarge) The World Trade Organization revised its forecast for global trade this year to reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic — and...

Daily Memo: Unemployment and Oil

Insurance claims rose by another 6.6 million in the U.S. as OPEC struggles to stabilize prices.

Daily Memo: Wuhan Opens Up

European mitigation. As Europe struggles against the coronavirus outbreak, its institutions are scrambling for solutions to limit economic and political fallout. Today, the European Union will hold an “orientation debate” via videoconference about how the bloc should ease out of quarantines and relax public restrictions. The debate comes after Denmark and Austria announced yesterday that […]

The Indo-Pacific After COVID-19

In late March, senior officials from the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a loose coalition of the Indo-Pacific’s four most powerful democracies, quietly launched a series of meetings aimed at forging a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Quad” (comprising Japan, Australia, India and the United States) has come to symbolize both the grand plans of […]

Supply Chains and a Novel Path to Conflict

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Though “supply chain” became a household term only in the past generation, it has been around since humans have been engaging in commerce. One...

Daily Memo: OPEC+ Delays, Japan Mobilizes

OPEC+ pause. Saudi Arabia and Russia have delayed an OPEC+ meeting intended to negotiate production cuts. Instead of meeting on Monday as promised, the oil cartel will meet Thursday. The delay caused a significant drop in oil market prices; Brent crude fell more than 3.2 percent and U.S. crude fell 3 percent, with prices for […]

Daily Memo: Price Wars and Setbacks

Even success stories such as Singapore are struggling to contain their COVID-19 outbreaks.

Daily Memo: The US Surpasses China

There are more confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. than in any other country.

Daily Memo: Bad News for Wage Workers and Exporters

Unemployment claims have soared to historic levels.

The Coronavirus and the Rural-Urban Divide

The pandemic will deepen differences between the urban and the rural.

Daily Memo: Some Optimism Amid Lockdowns

Italy recorded its second straight day of reduced cases.

Quarantine and the Supply Chain

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The global medical community appears to have devised a strategy for mitigating the coronavirus that depends largely on quarantine, or limiting contact among the...