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Falling Oil Prices, Europe's Quantitative Easing, Nervous Markets: the Global Economy at the Start of 2015

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Philippe Legrain, and Michael A. Levi
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander, managing director and chief U.S. economist at Nomura Securities International, Philippe Legrain, senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, and Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, join Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the global economy in 2015.

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Legal Posturing and Power Relations in the South China Sea

Author: Matthew C. Waxman
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

The Philippines took China to international court in 2013 in order to challenge China’s assertion of vast maritime claims over the South China Sea. Matthew Waxman discusses why using international legal institutions in this way serves as a poor replacement for diplomacy and instead adds to both its complexity and set of instruments.

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Falling Oil Prices, Europe's Quantitative Easing, Nervous Markets: the Global Economy at the Start of 2015

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Philippe Legrain, and Michael A. Levi
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander, managing director and chief U.S. economist at Nomura Securities International, Philippe Legrain, senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, and Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, join Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the global economy in 2015.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Obama Should Push to Give Workers a Stake

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg View

Here's a good idea that I'd like to see prominent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech tonight: shared capitalism. That is, stock-ownership plans or simple profit-sharing schemes for corporate employees. These plans have been shown to effectively align workers' incentives with those of the company's equity owners, but they have not received much attention lately.

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President Obama: State of the Union Address

The State of the Union is a speech given annually by the president to Congress, in which the president outlines the current condition of the United States and national priorities for the coming year, based on the U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Three. President Obama has delivered his State of the Union Address speeches on January 27, 2010, January 25, 2011, January 24, 2012, February 12, 2013, January 28, 2014, and January 20, 2015.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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