Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson is a research fellow at the Hinrich Foundation.

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Opinion | Under Joe Biden, average Americans will remain at the heart of US trade policy

US attitudes towards free trade have shifted dramatically. A Biden administration would not declare trade wars but would continue to prioritise workers and US manufacturing in its trade policy.

6 Aug 2020 - 6:26AM

US attitudes towards free trade have shifted dramatically. A Biden administration would not declare trade wars but would continue to prioritise workers and US manufacturing in its trade policy.

Under Joe Biden, average Americans will remain at the heart of US trade policy
The View | What if Donald Trump is a one-term president? Why three trade issues can wait

America’s trade partners are closely watching the November presidential election. Whether it is the WTO, China or carmakers, decision makers could be preparing for the possibility that the Trump administration will be voted out.

22 Jul 2020 - 1:06AM

America’s trade partners are closely watching the November presidential election. Whether it is the WTO, China or carmakers, decision makers could be preparing for the possibility that the Trump administration will be voted out.

What if Donald Trump is a one-term president? Why three trade issues can wait
The View | US-China partial decoupling is inevitable, and must be carefully managed to minimise disruption

In a US election year that is seeing the global economy under severe stress from the Covid-19 pandemic, the deteriorating relationship between the world’s two biggest economies has little hope of being mended.

27 May 2020 - 1:33AM

In a US election year that is seeing the global economy under severe stress from the Covid-19 pandemic, the deteriorating relationship between the world’s two biggest economies has little hope of being mended.

US-China partial decoupling is inevitable, and must be carefully managed to minimise disruption
Opinion | US-China war of words over the coronavirus crisis may well reignite the trade war

As the White House moves to systematically reduce US trade dependencies on China, the pandemic is putting pressure on the implementation of the terms of the phase-one deal even before the difficult phase-two negotiations begin. The uneasy US-China truce is unlikely to last long.

8 Apr 2020 - 4:48AM

As the White House moves to systematically reduce US trade dependencies on China, the pandemic is putting pressure on the implementation of the terms of the phase-one deal even before the difficult phase-two negotiations begin. The uneasy US-China truce is unlikely to last long.

US-China war of words over the coronavirus crisis may well reignite the trade war
The View | Coronavirus chaos can prompt a needed rethink on global trade and economic integration

Confidence has suffered as trade wars highlight the risks of interdependence, and tech advances weaken the economic rationale for far-flung supply chains. The coronavirus and its disruptions may finally push the world to consider a new trading order.

20 Feb 2020 - 5:51AM

Confidence has suffered as trade wars highlight the risks of interdependence, and tech advances weaken the economic rationale for far-flung supply chains. The coronavirus and its disruptions may finally push the world to consider a new trading order.

Coronavirus chaos can prompt a needed rethink on global trade and economic integration
Opinion | China and the US need new rules of engagement, not just a trade deal

Any agreement reached in renewed talks between the two is likely to be short-lived, as the cooperation that once underpinned deeper economic integration has been replaced by outright rivalry. The relationship must be redefined.

2 Jul 2019 - 5:14AM

Any agreement reached in renewed talks between the two is likely to be short-lived, as the cooperation that once underpinned deeper economic integration has been replaced by outright rivalry. The relationship must be redefined.

China and the US need new rules of engagement, not just a trade deal
Opinion | The US-China trade war could be a warm-up act for the real conflict over auto tariffs

US tariffs on auto parts from major players such as Germany, Japan, Mexico – and even China – could provoke retaliation that would dwarf the damage caused by Washington’s current conflict with Beijing.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:23AM

US tariffs on auto parts from major players such as Germany, Japan, Mexico – and even China – could provoke retaliation that would dwarf the damage caused by Washington’s current conflict with Beijing.

The US-China trade war could be a warm-up act for the real conflict over auto tariffs
Opinion | Don’t just blame Trump or China for this trade war

There are problems galore with global trade regulations, to the point that we now have an architecture that is no longer perceived as capable of delivering mutually beneficial trade.

8 Jul 2018 - 10:32AM

There are problems galore with global trade regulations, to the point that we now have an architecture that is no longer perceived as capable of delivering mutually beneficial trade.

Don’t just blame Trump or China for this trade war