"Without a strong and assertive Germany, there can be no strong and assertive EU in the world. And without a more self-confident EU, the liberal global order―built and underpinned for decades by the United States―might not be sustainable. Germany must start to invest more in an order from which it has benefited so much over the decades."
"Unlike his predecessors, Xi is making foreign policy with the mindset of a great power, increasingly probing U.S. commitments to its allies in the region and exploiting opportunities to change the status quo."
Ambassador Cameron Munter and Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia, discuss U.S.-Pakistan relations and the significance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Washington.
Authors: Mark P. Lagon and Andrew Reddie Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Reflecting upon the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Ambassador Mark Lagon and Andrew Reddie suggest that it is in the interest of corporations to protect their employees' safety, rights, and freedom rather than being beholden only to their share price.
Asked by Lauren Harrison, from Harvard Kennedy School Author: John Campbell
The exploitation of Congo's vast resources by competing elites and militaries for personal enrichment promotes insecurity and stymies development. Only very strong Western and African public outcry and a change in China's nonintervention approach might open the possibilities for change.
Drawing on lessons from a Council on Foreign Relations workshop in January 2012, Blake Clayton and Michael A. Levi examine the connection between global oil markets and international relations, saying that in many cases the oil trade is politically consequential simply because policymakers believe that it is.
As the United States and other Western countries continue to suspend sanctions against Myanmar, multinationals are lining up for the chance to invest in the one-time pariah. In this article for Bloomberg Businessweek, Joshua Kurlantzick argues that this gold rush is "wildly premature."
Boeing chairman, president, and chief executive officer Jim McNerney discusses the involvement of the business community in foreign policy; U.S. global competitiveness and the challenge of balancing fiscal austerity with necessary technology and innovation investment; and Boeing's outlook for the future.
The CEO Speaker series is a unique forum for leading global CEOs to share their insights on issues that are at the center of commerce and foreign policy and to speak to the changing role of business in the international community. The series, sponsored by the Corporate Program, is one way that CFR seeks to integrate perspectives from the business community into ongoing dialogues on pressing policy issues, such as the international economic recovery, sustainable growth and job creation, and the expanding reach and impact of technology.
Although U.S. multinationals include many of biggest companies in the United States, the full extent of their economic impacts are less well known. The McKinsey Global Institute seeks to provide a fuller picture by assessing the contributions of MNCs across the key metrics of economic performance.
The U.S. strategy for competing with China, the reclaiming of manufacturing jobs, is written to appeal to middle- and working-class Americans. Hannah Gurman argues that this link is tenuous at best, helping already-profiting corporations without seeing the benefits trickle down to the voting bloc.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping of China was sent interview questions by the Washington Post before his February 2012 visit to the United States. The answers to those questions were sent by the Chinese government and published by the Washington Post on February 12, 2012.
Speaker: Randall L. Stephenson Presider: Chrystia Freeland
Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, discusses the role of mobile technology as a driving force of productivity and business investment, as well as AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.
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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.