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The Brief

May 2019 - As China’s influence expands globally, experts identify concerns

China’s bid for more influence through regional and global partnerships has led to increased scrutiny. Our experts explore the potential impact of China investing in infrastructure and development projects throughout the globe.

April 2019 - 'America First' policies are changing global perceptions of the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s ‘America First’ polices are shifting the landscape on issues long considered foundational to U.S. influence and leadership in the world. Our experts analyze these changing positions and what they mean for U.S.-global relations.

March 2019 - Venezuela's leadership crisis heightens its economic and political issues

Since January, there have been dueling claims from Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó for the Venezuelan presidency. Our experts delve into how the country’s leadership crisis is impacting ongoing economic and political issues.

February 2019 - Uncertainty looms as Brexit deadline approaches

With less than two months until the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, dubbed Brexit, our experts examine its potential effects across the U.K. and beyond.

December 2018 - U.S.-China relations and upheaval in Latin America were among the challenges at G20

As leaders of the world’s biggest economies gathered in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit, experts at the school discussed the potential for a U.S.-China trade deal and the political and economic challenges facing Latin American nations.

November 2018 - Can Bolsonaro Fix Brazil's Broken Economy?

Voters in Brazil recently elected as the nation's next president the hard-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro, whose credentials and proposals seem short of the task of addressing its severe macroeconomic difficulties. School experts debated the driving causes for Bolsonaro's win and the future of Latin America's largest economy.

October 2018 - Trade Liberalization Keeps Working While Washington Rattles its Foundations

The Trump administration's ongoing trade wars heated up quickly in recent weeks as new tariffs and updates to longstanding multilateral deals drove intense public debate. School experts celebrated signs of progress as well as warned of looming threats.

August 2018 - Populism or Status-Quo in Pakistan's Election?

Strong turnout overshadowed signs of strife and possible election irregularities as voters in Pakistan elected former cricket star Imran Khan the next prime minister. Our experts debated the implications of Khan's victory for Pakistan's political future and foreign policy in the region.

June 2018 - The Iran Nuclear Agreement: What Next?

U.S. President Donald Trump announced an immediate withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, a decision school experts said will threaten U.S. credibility, global stability, and ties with allies.