Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:40:14 -0400
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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:31:51 -0400
Sebastian Mallaby uses the framework of central bank power to examine the rise and recent decline of the cult of the expert. He concludes that, ironically, experts need to play the political game if they hope to maintain their legitimacy; and that a healthy democracy is well served by a mix of public accountability and technocratic independence.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:04:54 -0400
Many countries quietly reduced their subsidies in the past few years, but more work remains. The United States can help consolidate these goals, write CFR’s Varun Sivaram and Jennifer Harris.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:54:43 -0400
Robert Kahn and Sebastian Mallaby discuss the recent decline in value of the British pound, the tie-in to Brexit, and the wider economic implications.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:17:35 -0400
Sebastian Mallaby discusses The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, a new biography of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:40:07 -0400
Fuel subsidies often strain government budgets, fail to target poverty efficiently, distribute benefits unfairly, perpetuate corrupt regimes, and worsen climate change.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:13:22 -0400
Two African members of CFR's Global Board of Advisors discuss the geopolitical and geoeconomic issues facing the continent today. CFR's Global Board of Advisors, founded in 2012, fosters a dialogue between business and global leaders from the United States and abroad.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:10:23 -0400
Experts discuss trends in the global economy.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:56:55 -0400
In this biography of Alan Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly explores Greenspan's life and legacy and tells the story of the making of modern finance.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:08:20 -0400
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan was once hailed as the omnipotent “maestro” of the U.S. economy, but his reputation suffered in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. In The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, a new biography based on five years of research and unmatched access to Greenspan, Sebastian Mallaby presents a nuanced assessment of one of the most influential economic statesmen of the twentieth century and issues a warning about the future of finance. The story of Greenspan, according to Mallaby, is the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:54:05 -0400
The progress our economy has made since the financial crisis is real. So, too, is the sense that our country is adrift, writes CFR's Robert E. Rubin.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:10:21 -0400
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of September 26–30, 2016.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:14:36 -0400
In this intriguing prequel to his upcoming book, Sebastian Mallaby reveals a new side to controversial former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Greenspan was often accused of trusting too much in markets and being blind to the effects of bubbles, but Mallaby shows that Greenspan, in fact, was the man who knew.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:56:40 -0400
Trade Policy Has Become Politically Unpopular. These Steps Could Help Rehabilitate It. This piece is based on a new CFR discussion paper authored by Edward Alden and Robert E. Litan, titled “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.”
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:05:03 -0400
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Wilson Center on September 28, 2016. He discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it relates to the Obama administration's rebalance to Asia.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:58:20 -0400
Kenneth Rogoff discusses the 'Curse of Cash,' his new book about phasing out most paper money to fight crime and tax evasion—and to battle financial crises by tapping the power of negative interest rates.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:20:52 -0400
Jeffrey R. Immelt discusses the the future of globalization and U.S. trade policy.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:18:26 -0400
Sander Levin discusses trade policy in the United States.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:16:30 -0400
Experts discuss the changing political context for trade in the United States.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:03:43 -0400
Experts discuss the relationship between U.S. trade policy and labor markets.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:56:26 -0400
China-South Korea tensions rose with the announcement of the U.S.-South Korea alliance decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea and South Korean protests against illegal Chinese fishing. Exclusive economic zones (EEZs) remain another point of China-South Korea tension. Although China and South Korea seek to advance trade within various frameworks, such efforts only highlight a widening gap between the economic and political aspects of their relationship. Current security priorities require effective approaches to both immediate differences over THAAD and EEZs and longer-term preferences over how to effectively promote lasting stability on the Korean Peninsula, write Snyder and See Won Byun, PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:57:01 -0400
The United States needs economic policies that prepare workers for the future and rebuild confidence that U.S. trade policies will benefit more Americans.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:16:54 -0400
Nikos Kotzias discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Greece.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:00:16 -0400
A provocative look at the world's most difficult, seemingly ineradicable problems—and the surprising stories of the countries that solved them.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:18:53 -0400
New Census data shows promising increases in median household income and the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership would boost national income. Yet, U.S. politicians disparage rather than celebrate this tangible progress. What happened to American optimism?
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:19:04 -0400
A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea will neither halt that country’s recurring and dangerous cycle of provocation nor ensure the stability of Northeast Asia in the future. To the contrary, the Task Force warns, “If allowed to continue, current trends will predictably, progressively, and gravely threaten U.S. national security interests and those of its allies.”
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:10:33 -0400
Matteo Renzi discusses the political and economic issues facing Italy and the European Union.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:19:59 -0400
John Key outlines the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and discuss its effects on the regional economies in the Asia-Pacific.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:01:52 -0400
A history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:09:39 -0400
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics Robert Kahn argues that at the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Hangzhou, China, leaders called for governments to do more to support growth, but offered little in the way of new measures. Quietly, and away from the G20 spotlight, fiscal policy is becoming more expansionary, but current policies are unlikely to provide a meaningful boost to growth or soothe rising populist pressures.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:32:18 -0400
Experts discuss trends in the global economy.