Infrastructure

Other Report Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

In the first installment of the Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecards, "Road to Nowhere: Federal Transportation Infrastructure Policy" provides a critical assessment of federal transportation policy, including background on major policy initiatives and analysis of what's needed to start moving forward.

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Articles of Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Finance ministers from fifty-seven countries met in Beijing in October 2014 and signed a memorandum to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will focus on funding infrastructure to boost economic development in the Asia Pacific region. The Articles of Agreement were opened for signature on June 29, 2015 and must be ratifed domestically by December 31, 2016. The AIIB was inaugurated on January 16, 2016 with the first board of directors meeting and began accepting investment projects.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure spending was among the biggest components of Obama's 2009 stimulus package, but since then sucess has been limited. Obama’s signature high-speed rail project has not been implemented and Congress has blocked most of his other big ideas. Due to the current federal paralysis, at least thirty states have launched serious initiatives to increase transportation-dedicated funding since 2013. CFR's Renewing America infrastructure score card provides more information on the infrastructure and transportation challenges facing the United States. 

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GAO Report 14-299: Maritime Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released report 14-299 to congressional requesters in March 2014. The report discusses "(1) current commercial maritime activity in the U.S. Arctic and anticipated activity in the next 10 years, (2) actions taken by government entities in support of planning and developing U.S. Arctic maritime infrastructure, and (3) federal interagency efforts to identify and prioritize Arctic maritime-infrastructure investments."

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Foreign Affairs Article

Bridge to Somewhere

Author: Jose W. Fernandez

International development has moved beyond charity. Gone are the days when the United States would just spend its seemingly bottomless largess to help less fortunate or vanquished countries, as it did after World War II.

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Video

"Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order"

Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: E.J. Dionne Jr.

Richard N. Haass discusses his new book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home, in which he puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, where the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad, and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home.

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"Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order"

Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: E.J. Dionne Jr.

Richard N. Haass discusses his new book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home, in which he puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, where the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad, and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home.

See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits; Infrastructure