US out of TPP: Is that good for China?

Signaling that he is indeed serious about trade, one of Donald Trump’s first acts in office was to put a halt to US participation in the Transpacific Trade Partnership or…

Trump on Taiwan: New Sheriff or New Policy

Donald Trump poked China with a stick this week by speaking on the phone with the President of Taiwan, something that hasn’t happened since 1979 when the US formally recognized…

Why Trump and Hillary are blaming China and Globalization

The truth requires painful changes many Americans don’t want to make   Donald Trump is running the most virulent anti-trade campaign in history, threatening to upset the entire global trade…

From Milwaukee to Iraq: Culture Counts

When Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County said that absentee fathers, gangs, questionable lifestyle behaviors, and related pathologies are at the root of the recent rioting in Milwaukee, he was…

It’s Foreign Affairs and Globalization, Stupid!

“It’s the economy, stupid!”   That was the mantra uttered by the first Clinton presidential candidate in 1992.   Focusing on the economy is actually typical of most election cycles and…

Elitism: Declining in China, Rising in the US

“In America, does everyone have to follow the law?  Even leaders, are they punished if they don’t follow the law?”    When I took my first job in China in…

Donald Trump Goes ‘Dirty Harry’ on Trade

Last week Donald Trump pulled out his .44 caliber revolver and told the global trade system to “Go ahead.  Make my day.”    Bold action   Withdraw from the Transpacific…

Brexit, Trump, and the Reality of Free Trade

Does the Brexit vote bode well for Donald Trump?  The more I hear from those who say “No” the more I think the answer is definitely “Yes.”   They mention that…

Radical Islam: Don’t Overlook the Role of Culture

The Bible includes stories of God helping his chosen people slay their enemies.  The Bible also has a message of love and forgiveness.  Hundreds of years ago, when the Pope…

An Amateurish Approach to Diplomacy

“Amateurish.”  That’s the word the comes to mind when I think of the reluctance some have in America to using terms like “Radical Islam” to describe the global terrorism problem. …