Marc Thiessen

Key Points Although changes in American and Chinese leadership have brought current tensions between the two nations to the fore, the underlying reasons for the tensions are not tied to either President Donald Trump or President Xi Jinping coming into office. Rather, the strategic competition between the US and China is principally the product of regime-driven differences over both what constitutes their national interests and what their respective visions were for the character of China's rise. The administration's Indo-Pacific strategy is a relatively coherent response to the challenge China poses. But questions remain about the administration's ability to resource it sufficiently and carry [...]
Fri, Jan 18, 2019
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Darleen Opfer serves as director of RAND Education and Labor, a division of the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. She leads a 200-person staff that conducts research for major government agencies and private foundations. Along with her extensive work in the U.S., Darleen has researched teacher professional development in countries such as England and Turkey, and served as an education advisor in Norway, Israel, India, and South Africa. Before RAND, she was director of research and a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge. I recently had the chance to chat with Darleen about the state of education research, and here's [...]
Fri, Jan 18, 2019
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said it “absolutely” should be part of our conversation about the economy. During the presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders' chief economist was an adherent. But what the heck is Modern Monetary Theory? On this episode, economist and AEI scholar Stan Veuger breaks it all down, discussing his latest article for AEI Economic Perspectives titled Modern Monetary Theory and Policy. Podcast (political-economy-podcast): Download Stan Veuger is a resident scholar here at AEI where he specializes in political economy and public finance. You can download the episode by clicking the link above, and don't forget to subscribe to my podcast [...]
Thu, Jan 17, 2019
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If you've ever been to a Donald Trump rally, you'll notice it doesn't match the impression left by the media coverage of the president's base. Anger, for instance, isn't the prevailing mood. Hopefulness is more characteristic. But there's more. There's something about these rallies that goes beyond politics, and his harshest critics have found it fearful. “Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally,” liberal religion scholar Reza Aslan wrote, “complete with ritualized communal chants.” This isn't unprecedented. At Barack Obama's 2008 rallies, fans fainted, and [...]
Thu, Jan 17, 2019
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First, the (continuing) bad news regarding a proposed US-EU free trade agreement (FTA): As I have observed previously, the near-term prospects for a comprehensive bilateral trade pact are not good, despite compelling economic and geopolitical rationales for a common set of rules and obligations — not least in the face of the increasing impact of China's states capitalism model. Last week, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström came to Washington for talks with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Once again, as has been the case for months, the talks ended with the two sides “still unable to agree on the scope [...]
Thu, Jan 17, 2019
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 Almost a third of workers—and more senior executives—say their careers have been adversely affected by caregiving obligations. As Joe explains to this episode's guest host, HBS alum and Care.com CEO Sheila Marcelo, demographic trends and the changing role of women in the workforce mean that employers must “do the math” when it comes to care. By not accounting for costs like reduced productivity and increased turnover, employers leave money on the table when it comes to care. Link to our new report. This podcast was originally published by Harvard Business School. [...]
Wed, Jan 16, 2019
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It is tempting for the Trump administration to dismiss U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit problems as those affecting a small and spent imperial power in a distant land with little relevance to the United States economy. However, that would be a grave mistake. Not only is the unfolding Brexit crisis casting a dark cloud over the world's fifth-largest economy; it is also occurring in the context of meaningful difficulties in Europe's other major economies. As such, a deepening in the Brexit crisis has the real potential to spill over from the United Kingdom to the rest of Europe and to [...]
Wed, Jan 16, 2019
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In a recent blog, I noted that space limitations precluded adequate commentary on a recent Lawfare essay by Jack Goldsmith and Robert Williams which argued that the “name and shame” policy pursued by both the Obama and Trump administrations had failed to deter Chinese economic espionage and the pilfering of vast amounts of confidential data. What follows is a more extended set of comments. via Twenty20 In making their case for “failure,” Goldsmith and Williams recount the circumstances and details of a number of indictments since 2014, including the recent flurry of activity by the Department of Justice over the past [...]
Wed, Jan 16, 2019
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At least seven people were killed earlier today in a terrorist attack on an upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The bombing, claimed by al Shabaab, is reminiscent of a similar attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall in September 2013. Why Kenya? Since 2011, Kenyan forces have been battling Islamist extremists at home in eastern Kenya and as part of African Union peacekeeping missions in Somalia, where terrorist safe havens are a beachhead for attacks in the region. Notwithstanding today's attack or al Shabaab's clear strength, the African Union plans to end this peacekeeping mission and hand over security responsibilities to [...]
Tue, Jan 15, 2019
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On January 3, the House of Representatives voted largely along party lines to adopt the new Democratic leadership's proposed rules for the 116th Congress. The rules make four changes in how the House considers tax and budget bills. Two of the changes may slightly improve the long-run budget outlook and another may help avert destructive debt-limit showdowns. But one change takes a step backward by dropping a requirement that revenue estimates for major tax changes account for their effects on economic growth. The United States faces a severe long-run budget imbalance, with health and Social Security benefits slated to grow faster [...]
Tue, Jan 15, 2019
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