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By / 1.27.2017

“Have your cake and eat it.”  With these six aggressively monosyllabic words, the redoubtable Boris Johnson came clean, almost despite himself, about the contradictions of Brexit, and perhaps those of today’s right-of-center populism altogether.  In time, the phrase may be seen as the defining utterance of the post-truth era in trans-Atlantic politics. The Washington corollary […]

By / 1.24.2017

The era of U.S. international leadership is over. How do I know? Because President Trump so decreed in his inaugural address. He put the world on notice: Henceforth, America will be looking out exclusively for No. 1. Do the people, whose instrument Trump claims to be, share his vision of an insular America? We’ll see, […]

By / 12.6.2016

En los Estados Unidos hemos estado, con mucha razón, obsesionados con el resultado de las elecciones presidenciales. Pero el mundo sigue girando. Por ejemplo, la semana pasada Colombia ratificó un tratado de paz histórico entre el gobierno y el movimiento rebelde. PPI tuvo el privilegio de estar en Bogotá este octubre, donde realizamos un evento sobre la Economía […]

By / 12.1.2016

Last year Graham Allison of Harvard wrote an article for the Atlantic entitled “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?”  Allison noted that in 12 of 16 cases over the last 500 years in which there was a rapid shift in the relative power of a rising nation that threatened to […]

By / 11.8.2016

Few Americans paid attention last week as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak traveled to China to witness the signing of a host of business agreements between Chinese and Malaysian companies. They should have, because Razak’s pilgrimage to Beijing is likely to be repeated by other Asian Pacific leaders if Washington lets President Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific […]

By / 10.27.2016

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today announced the opening of an office in Brussels to serve as its European base, a sign of its commitment to strengthening the transatlantic dialogue and relationship between the U.S. and our European partners. The office will be lead by veteran EU public affairs professional Michael Quigley and PPI Executive […]

By / 7.12.2016

An international court ruled today on a challenge to China’s controversial bid to extend its sovereignty over vast swaths of the South China Sea. The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in June 2013, but multi-national disputes over the island chains and surrounding waters date back centuries. In […]

By / 5.19.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106; Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3931 WASHINGTON—Ed Gerwin, senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) released a new report concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership […]

Last week, PPI led a bipartisan delegation of 10 high-ranking Congressional staffers to London and Brussels, which is still grieving in the aftermath of the March 22 terrorist attacks. Our visit there so soon after the atrocity was greeted warmly as an act of transatlantic solidarity. The Digital Economy Study Group was the third such […]

PPI IN EUROPE: PPI Chief Economic Strategist Dr. Michael Mandel was in Brussels this week, where he was invited to speak at an event on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the Digital Single Market. The event was sponsored by the Swedish, Finnish, Irish and Estonian Permanent Missions to the European Union. While there, he and PPI […]