The G20 Needs to Show Leadership to Fight COVID-19

March 30, 2020

It is welcome news that the G20, representing the world’s biggest economies and 90% of global GDP, met via teleconference on March 26 to discuss the health and economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which leads to the COVID-19 disease. It has been obvious for several weeks that...

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

June 24, 2019

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions...

Obama Snub: Why Diplomatic Gaffes Matter

September 06, 2016

Whether intentional or not, the Obama airport episode will make the US look diminished to Chinese audiences. It was pretty humorless as diplomatic gaffes go. After touching down in China for the G20 Summit, US President Barack Obama was not provided a staircase—or the accompanying red...