On US Government Trade Policy (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)

Given the US tariffs on steel and aluminium and further tariff threats, the transatlantic trade relationship remains tense. While EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump agreed at their meeting on 26 July to start negotiations to reduce tariffs in several industrial sectors over a period of 120 days, it remains uncertain they can reach a compromise that allows both sides to save face. At the same time, Europe is struggling with an important, but as yet, unanswered question: Is the US government’s trade policy the result of a strategy designed to weaken geopolitical rivals like China, even if it adversely affects close partners such as the EU? Or does Trump really want to break away from the liberal multilateral order? The EU needs to prepare for both possibilities. Support could come increasingly from US companies.

https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/us-government-trade-policy/

Laura von Daniels

UNRWA and Trump’s attempt to erase the Palestinian people (Al Jazeera)

By cutting the funding to the UNRWA, Trump wants to eliminate the Palestinians’ demand for the right to return.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/unrwa-trump-attempt-erase-palestinian-people-180903135218614.html

Setting the Record Straight on Secular Stagnation (Project-Syndicate)

Echoing conservatives like John Taylor, the Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz recently suggested that the concept of secular stagnation was a fatalistic doctrine invented to provide an excuse for poor economic performance during the Obama years. This is simply not right.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/response-to-stiglitz-attack-on-secular-stagnation-by-lawrence-h–summers-2018-09

LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS

Trump’s tariffs: not a trade war, yet by The Interpreter

Although widely portrayed as the opening shots in a trade war between the US and China, new US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports confirmed by President Donald Trump on Thursday clearly are not.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/trump-s-tariffs-not-trade-war-yet

John Edwards

Harry Harris and the call of fate by The Strategist

The White House announcement that Admiral Harry B. Harris, the current commander of the US Pacific Command, is President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to Australia is unambiguously good news for our alliance relationship. The posting sends the clearest possible signal that the US is intent on strengthening its Asian alliances. Europeans may still puzzle over Trump’s disaffection with NATO, but there should be no doubt that the White House sees America’s alliances in Asia as critical to sustaining an increasingly challenged strategic balance.

Harry Harris and the call of fate

Peter Jennings is executive director of ASPI