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Trump and the Asia-Pacific: The Persistence of American Unilateralism

There is a widespread perception, especially among East and Southeast Asian elites, that the United States is in a process of disengagement from the Asia-Pacific under President Donald Trump.  This study shows that there is little basis for this view.  Along with the...

‘Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste’

The Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunity for food sovereignty The Covid-19 pandemic has provoked widespread discussion of what kind of future the world should look forward to after the crisis. One of the areas of economic life around which there is spirited debate is...

Reading Piketty I: A Concise and Comprehensive Summary of Capital and Ideology

In this summary, Walden Bello distills the key ideas and data contained in Thomas Piketty’s monumental work Capital and Ideology. The French economist deserves to be read by more people, but many have neither the time nor energy to work through this sprawling...

China: An Imperial Power in the Image of the West?

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Focus is releasing a comprehensive study that seeks to answer the question: Is China an imperial power in the image of the West in its relationship with the global south? Over...
The Food Wars

The Food Wars

Violent protests across the global South, in response to rocketing food prices from 2006 to 2008, highlighted an...

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