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Mexico: A Deepening Crisis and Strategic Challenge for the US

My recently published article on the deteriorating security and economic situation in Mexico and the implied strategic challenges for the US and the region.

How China Helps the Cuban Regime Stay Afloat and Shut Down Protests

My new article, co-authored with Leland Lazarus.  It focuses on the PRC role in keeping Cuba's repressive regime alive, and helping to undercut recent protests and isolate Cubans from the international democratic community, through China's role in having built much of Cuba's modern internet and phone system.  It further examines how China's role in Cuba is illustrative of how the PRC is indirectly advancing authoritarianism and populism in the region as it pursues its economic and other interests.

Japan as 196th

How could Japan have come in 196th out of 196 countries, just behind North Korea? That’s what the 2019 data show for the ratio of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) to GDP despite years of efforts by Tokyo.

U.S. Vaccinations Rising Where They Are Needed Most

U.S. Vaccinations Rising Where They Are Needed Most; Beware Fake News: Biden Is Still Likely to Replace Powell

 

Medicaid, Motherhood and America’s Future: Giving Birth to Better Maternity Outcomes

As the healthcare system evolves toward value, the women’s healthcare sector, and OB/GYN services in particular, represents a significant opportunity for improving outcomes and reducing costs at massive scale.

Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America, Caribbean a PR Coup for China

The COVID-19 pandemic has created multiple opportunities for the People’s Republic of China to advance its commercial position and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The most significant, in the short term, has been China’s vaccine diplomacy. Over a million people in the region have died from COVID-19 since the virus was first detected in the region in February 2020. That death count, according to the Pan American Health Organization, is about 75 percent more than in the United States, which has registered a similar number of infections.

Chinese Engagement in Latin America and Europe: Comparisons and Interdependencies

This paper examines Chinese commercial, political, and security engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, comparing it with similar engagement in Europe. It finds evidence that PRC engagement globally is driven by a strategy focused on re-orienting the world to the economic benefit of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with nonetheless important political, institutional, and security engagement in support of these objectives and the consequences of their pursuit.

EconVue June Newsletter - Inflation: To Be Or Not To Be

We hope you enjoyed our 3-part series on the future of technology and the new New Economy. In case you missed our podcasts this past month, please find links below to listen to Sheila Warren, Dan Breznitz and Winston Ma. As is our goal at EconVue, I believe these discussions will challenge some of your assumptions and provide you with information and analysis you haven't seen elsewhere.

Post-Pandemic, a Strong Expansion Needs Less Personal Saving or More Government Spending

For two generations, economists and other custodians of financial propriety have chastised Americans for not saving enough. Getting the public to pay attention took a pandemic. Facing a real possibility that COVID-19 and the resulting economic havoc might leave them unable to pay their mortgages and feed their families, moderate- and middle-income Americans began saving as much as they could—and are now socking away now perhaps too much to support a healthy expansion for the U.S. economy as a whole.

Anticipating Anomalies in Global Supply Chains

A webinar organized by Foreign Policy with experts from both the public and private sector. The panelists included Dr. Kelly Fletcher, Bob Kolasky, Brittany Masalosalo, Col. (ret.) John Mills, and journalist Maggie Lake as the moderator. It was a wide-ranging conversation on assessing the current state of global supply chains while coexisting with the COVID-19 virus.

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