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Trump Proposes Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

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On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an order imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, further weakening the long-standing international free trade system. Trump announced the tariffs last week, promising to levy a 25% rate on imported steel and a 10% rate on imported aluminum. The Commerce Department recommended the protectionist […]

Afghan President Calls Taliban to Peace Talks

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On Wednesday, 28 February 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a formal overture to the Taliban. Ghani offered members of this Islamist insurgency incentives to join negotiations in Kabul, agree to a ceasefire and become a peaceful political group (AP 1). Ghani’s proposed incentives include passports and visas for former insurgents, the removal of sanctions, […]

Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Future of US-South Korea Trade Deal Uncertain

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American President Donald Trump’s economic advisers are divided over the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in light of the growing North Korean nuclear threat. Two senior administration officials reported on Saturday that Trump may withdraw the US from the five-year-old trade agreement with South Korea (NYT). Advocates of withdrawal called KORUS unfair, while other […]