Conference Call Audio
Led by a CFR scholar and/or state and local leader, the State and Local Officials Conference Call series convenes officials from across the country for bipartisan conversations on timely international issues of local importance.
Andrew Kohut, founding director of the Pew Research Center, discusses the themes outlined in his forthcoming CFR Working Paper Resilient American Values: Optimism in an Era of Growing Inequality and Economic Difficulty, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.
See more in Polls and Opinion Analysis; United States
Robert Pastor, professor and founding director of American University's Center for North American Studies, leads a conversation on the findings of his recent CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum, Shortcut to U.S. Economic Competitiveness: A Seamless North American Market, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.
See more in North America; Competitiveness; Innovation
Robert Kahn, CFR's Steven A. Tananbaum senior fellow for international economics, leads a conversation on the current state of the U.S. economy and the challenges that lie ahead.
See more in United States; Financial Crises; Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, discusses the influence of the United States on common and organized crime in Central America, and offers policy recommendations for what the United States could do domestically and internationally to mitigate the violence.
See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; United States; Transnational Crime
Shanker A. Singham, chairman of the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition Policy, leads a conversation on how government-imposed anticompetitive market distortions harm U.S. exports and state and local economies.
See more in United States; Trade
CFR's James M. Lindsay leads a conversation on what the U.S. president needs to know about foreign policy, how past presidents have navigated their portfolios, and the challenges facing the Obama administration in its second term.
See more in Elections; Presidents and Chiefs of State
Alexandra Starr, Emerson fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses the findings and policy recommendations of her CFR Working Paper on the economic potential of Latino immigrant entrepreneurs.
See more in Immigration; Latin America and the Caribbean; Entrepreneurship
Michael A. Levi discusses the issues surrounding fracking, including the environmental implications.
See more in Pollution; Oil; United States
Blake Clayton discusses oil speculation and the U.S. energy market.
See more in United States; Energy Policy; Oil
Scott Thomasson, president of NewBuild Strategies LLC, discusses policy and legislative issues affecting state investment in infrastructure.
See more in United States; Infrastructure
Janet Cowell and Roland Stephen discuss the decline in manufacturing in North Carolina and across the United States, and offer policy recommendations to help states better respond to global competition.
See more in United States; Industrial Policy; Manufacturing
Edward Alden, CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, discusses U.S. immigration policy and the new CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum Faster, Safer, Smarter: A Modern Visa System for the United States.
See more in Immigration
Matthew J. Slaughter, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for business and globalization, and William F. Owens, senior fellow at University of Denver's Institute for Public Policy Studies and former governor of Colorado, discuss the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy.
See more in Trade
The University of San Diego's David A. Shirk discusses the findings of his recent Council Special Report The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat.
See more in Mexico; Drug Trafficking and Control
CFR's Michael A. Levi discusses the pros and cons of nuclear energy in light of Japan's nuclear crisis.
See more in Japan; Disasters; Nuclear Energy
CFR's Richard A. Falkenrath leads a discussion on counterterrorism and the challenges faced at the local level.
See more in Homeland Security; Border and Port Security
See more in United States; Religion
CFR's Edward Alden analyzes the national implications of Arizona's immigration bill.
See more in Immigration
See more in Drug Trafficking and Control; Mexico
Listen to CFR's Kara McDonald discuss the international response to the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti.
See more in Religion; Haiti; Humanitarian Intervention