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October 2012

October 2012

Latino Immigrant Entrepreneurs: How to Capitalize on Their Economic Potential

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New America Foundation's Emerson Fellow Alexandra Starr discusses the economic potential of the United States' largest immigrant population, Latinos. In this CFR report, Starr makes recommendations for how state and local governments can better support Latino entrepreneurs, and therefore revitalize floundering cities.

Listen to the audio from a recent State and Local Officials Conference Call to hear Starr offer policy recommendations and answer questions from state and local officials and members of their staff.


CFR New Fellowship Opportunities

The Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals interested in pursuing proposed research and broadening their perspectives on international issues affecting the priorities and agendas of state and local governments. Click here to learn more about the program, fellowship opportunities, and application process.

What are the Biggest Threats our Nation is Facing?

CFR's Center for Preventive Action (CPA) conducts an annual Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS) to identify and rank areas of conflict to better help U.S. policymakers prioritize threats to U.S. national security interests.

CPA is asking for your feedback. What contingencies are you are worried about erupting or escalating in 2013? Visit the blog Politics, Power, and Preventive Action and weigh in.

Bringing the Foreign Policy Debate Home

In CFR President Richard N. Haass' analysis of the final presidential debate, he comments on the candidates' "surprising degree of agreement" on issues such as China, Iran, and Syria, and the lack of attention paid to climate change, the Eurozone, Libya, and Mexico. Dr. Haass posits that the emphasis on domestic concerns underscores "an important point: the United States can only be as strong abroad as it is at home." For him, it is clear that issues at home will restrain the foreign policy choices of the next administration. Read the First Take »

Slower Growth in Health Costs Saves U.S. Billions

Peter Orszag explains why recent slowdowns in health-care costs are likely to persist once the economy recovers and how those savings will help Americans offset falling take-home pay. Read more »



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