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New NAFTA Brings High Risks and Few Rewards

The Hill
Jeronim Capaldo, a researcher at Tufts’ Global Development and Environment Institute, co-authors this opinion piece analyzing the risks of the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), arguing that it “locks in and even adds to policies that have contributed to rising inequality, stagnant wages, rising health-care costs, environmental degradation and political disaffection.”

Why Federal Reserve Independence Matters

The Conversation
Fletcher School professor Michael Klein discusses why it is important that the Federal Reserve maintains its independence, noting that “politicization of the Fed puts the entire U.S. economy at risk.”

Rare Earth Minerals Are a Powerful Arrow in China's Quiver

The Hill
Fletcher School professor Joel Trachtman writes this opinion piece examining China’s threat to cut off U.S. access to rare earth minerals, which is “intended to maintain parity of threats—and pain—with the U.S. in the current trade war.”

Identicide: How Demographic Shifts Can Rip a Country Apart

The Conversation
Fletcher’s Monica Duffy Toft explores the USSR’s failed efforts to maintain its perceived “true” national identity, despite a different demographic reality, noting similarities to the current polarized state of the U.S.

Algerian Army Chief Opens Path to End Bouteflika's Rule

New York Times
History professor Hugh Roberts comments on the current political situation in Algeria, where the army chief of staff has called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to “be deemed unfit to rule,” noting that the general’s statement “is probably the best way to go forward” as “[Bouteflika is] not well or legitimate.”