Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher point out that America does not train enough people in the mid-level skills that factories need, a reason for companies like Apple to rely on outsourcing that helps them generate enough profits and keep investing for innovation rather than solving America's problem of unemployment.
Global markets' reaction to eurozone turbulence and S&P's downgrade of U.S. debt add uncertainty to U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about which goals the country has the means to pursue, says CFR's James M. Lindsay.
With markets rattled by the downgrade of U.S. debt, some experts fear running out of policy tools to prevent another global recession, while others are calling on government and central banks to improve fiscal and monetary policy coordination.
In this research update, Standard & Poor's explains their rationale behind lowering the long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to 'AA+' from 'AAA' and affirming the 'A-1+' short-term rating.
In its 2011 updated analysis of more than 75 countries on the size of their outstanding equity and debt, cross-border capital flows, and the stocks of foreign investment assets and liabilities, MGI finds that the recovery of financial markets remains uneven across geographies and asset classes and significant risks remain.
In an announcement from Moody's Investors Service, sovereign risk officers Steven A. Hess and Bart Oosterveld caution that failure to raise the U.S. statutory debt limit could lead to a downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating.
Benn Steil's February column in Dow Jones' Financial News looks at last week's two big proposed transatlantic exchange mergers, arguing that, unlike the earlier round of high-profile tie-ups (when large takeover premiums were paid), these are being driven by recognition that all the big bourses are becoming uncompetitive in their once-core equity trading businesses.
In this issue of Food Outlook, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports on global supply and demand balances, and warns against further supply shocks as prices continue to rise.
In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby gives an insider's view on the origin and evolution of hedge funds in the broader context of the history of modern finance through extensive research and numerous case studies. Teaching notes by the author.
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.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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.