Economist Paul Romer describes the concept of charter cities as "special reform zones that allow governments to quickly adopt innovative new systems of rules," in order to "create opportunities for millions of people to…lead safer, healthier, and more prosperous lives."
Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and author of the recent Foreign Affairs article, "Unprepared for a Pandemic", discuss the current threat of the pandemic flu as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.
Throughout much of the world, two seemingly paradoxical trends are occurring simultaneously. Countries are becoming ever-more integrated economically—and in some cases politically—but power is devolving from national governments to regional and local governments.
At first glance, a study on cities and foreign policy may seem a bold leap into the future of international relations, but it represents, rather, a giant step into the present—into what is already taking place across the country and around the world.
The smart money says the U.S. economy will splinter, with some states thriving, some states not, and all eyes are on California as the nightmare scenario. After a hair-raising visit with former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who explains why the Golden State has cratered, Michael Lewis goes where the buck literally stops--the local level, where the likes of San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and Vallejo ﬁre chief Paige Meyer are trying to avert even worse catastrophes and rethink what it means to be a society.
Authors: Peter Lampert Bergen, Patrick Doherty, and Ken Ballen
This unprecendented public opinion survey, conducted by the New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow, sheds light on the sentiment of citizens living in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.