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    Featured in this Big Picture
    1. Mohamed A. El-Erian Mohamed A. El-Erian
    2. Daniel Gros Daniel Gros
    3. Larry Hatheway Larry Hatheway
    4. Harold James Harold James
    5. Michael Spence Michael Spence
    6. Ngaire Woods Ngaire Woods
    • Donald Trump’s commitment to “America First” has found no clearer expression than in the announcement of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, as well as a raft of Chinese goods. 

    • But the risks to prosperity run deeper, as Trump’s protectionism is his abandonment of US global economic leadership.




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The Syrian Quagmire

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Education: The Brain Gain

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