Globalization refers to the increasing ease with which goods, services, capital and people can move across the world, which has been accelerated by advances in technology and government policies to reduce barriers. In terms of reducing poverty in as many countries as possible, there is no question that globalizationcontinues to be beneficial, even after the 2008 financial crisis. Poverty continues to fall worldwide at a rapid rate, and countries most integrated into the world economy have seen the biggest reductions in poverty. But it is also true that even before the crisis, the gains from globalization were not spread evenly. Though millions have been lifted out of poverty and everyone benefits from cheaper consumer goods and the opening of new export markets, there are still winners and losers.
With a majority of the American public now saying that they view U.S. global power and influence as being in decline, Pew Research Center president Alan Murray and CFR President Richard N. Haass sit down to discuss the latest "America's Place in the World" survey.
Experts assess the global position of the United States, current state of U.S. trade policy, and results of globalization on NAFTA.
This session was part of CFR's Stephen C. Friedheim Symposium on Global Economics which was made possible through generous support from Stephen C. Freidheim.
Thomas Glocer shares his views on globalization, financial reform, and corporate social responsibility, as well as his own experiences leading a global corporation.
Listen to Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard W. Fisher analyze the importance of the Federal Reserve Bank's regulatory abilities, and the importance of regulation to recovery.
This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics.
Listen to Richard W. Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, discuss the consequences of globalization for monetary policy.
Listen to Jagdish N. Bhagwati, CFR's senior fellow for international economics, discuss his book In Defense of Globalization with students as part of the CFR Academic Conference Call Series.
Listen to experts discuss broader global economic trends, such as the global labor market, China's changing role in the world economy, and the backlash against globalization, in this special edition of the Council's signature World Economic Update Series.
Listen to Manjeet Kripalani, the Council's Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, lead a discussion with students on India and globalization as part of the Council's Academic Conference Call Series.
Listen to Jerry Muller, professor of history at the Catholic University of America, discuss the future of globalization, as part of the Council's C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics.
China's pursuit of natural resources is restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, and transforming resource-rich economies. Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth.
Edited by former Council Senior Fellow and former Maurice R. Greenberg Geoeconomics Center Director Michael Weinstein, and with original contributions from ten eminent economists, Globalization: What's New? cuts through the confusion and rhetoric surrounding globalization to offer straightforward, incisive analyses of the subject and its future.
An internationally renowned economist, Jagdish Bhagwati takes conventional wisdom—that globalization is the cause of several social ills—and turns it on its head. Properly regulated, globalization, he says, is the most powerful force for social good in the world.
In Free Trade Today, Dr. Bhagwati applies critical insights from revolutionary developments in commercial policy theory to show how the pursuit of social and environmental agendas can be creatively reconciled with the pursuit of free trade.
What exactly is globalization, and should its effects be cheered or jeered? How have developing countries fared under globalization's new dispensation, and what if anything can be done to help them prosper? How are states and firms reacting to the new pressures placed on them? Should the international economic architecture be reformed in response?
Jagdish Bhagwati applies his characteristic wit and accessible style to the subject of globalization in this collection of public policy essays.
Economists Albert Fishlow and Karen Parker show that there is no simple link between the forces of globalization and increased wage inequality, either in the United States or in several other countries.
8:00 to 8:30 AM Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 9:45 AM Session One
Currency Wars, Capital Controls, and the Outlook for the International Monetary System
Ajay Shah, Professor, National Institute for Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of Interntional Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, Money, Markets, and Sovereignty
Alan M. Taylor, Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley; Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Evolution of the Global Economy, University of California, Davis
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby, Director, Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
10:00 to 11:00 AM Session Two Keynote
Lawrence Summers, Director, National Economic Council; Former Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Presider: Tim W. Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM Session Three
Trade Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities After the Midterm Elections
Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner, WilmerHale; Former U.S. Trade Representative
Jagdish Bhagwati, Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor of Economics and Law, Columbia University; Author, In Defense of Globalization and Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade
Douglas A. Irwin, Robert E. Maxwell '23 Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College; Author, Free Trade Under Fire
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
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