As the supercommittee approaches its deadline, Derek Thompson provides a two-year history of how the U.S. government has failed to address long-term fiscal reform.
David Lepeska explains the high costs associated with transportation infrastructure, particularly in New York, where construction expenses are much higher than those of other major cities in the world.
Joseph Szabo explains the benefits of a proposed U.S. high-speed rail system.
Rob Quartel, chairman and CEO of NTELX, discusses the need for investment in U.S. infrastructure with CFR's James M. Lindsay. "We really have to focus on alternative means for paying for infrastructure," argues Quartel.
As public funds decrease, Cezary Podkul discusses why infrastructure projects are shifting to the private sector.
Ashley Halsey III and Dana A. Hedgpeth consider the need for enormous investments in the U.S. transit system.
This report lays out the economic challenges posed by our ailing infrastructure and suggests a series of recommendations for crafting new innovative transportation policies in the U.S.
President Obama's latest jobs plan includes a call for more spending on roads and bridges, an idea that has at least some Republican support. Here's a look at the debate over infrastructure and the economy.
Ailing U.S. infrastructure is seen as threatening U.S. competitiveness, but spending to fix it is a growing topic of debate between Republicans and Democrats as President Obama presses a new jobs program.
This report describes the economic challenges posed by our ailing infrastructure, provides a comparative look at the smart investments being made by our international competitors, and suggests a series of recommendations for crafting new innovative transportation policies in the United States.
Foreign governments, non-state actors, and criminal networks are targeting the digital networks of the United States with increasing frequency and sophistication. U.S. cybersecurity has made progress, but relies heavily on the private sector to secure infrastructure critical to national security.
This Report, the fifth in an annual series coproduced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, looks at infrastructure activities across six continents, paying particular attention to emerging markets in the United States. The report outlines infrastructure policy, looks at future trends in infrastructure investment and recommends strategies to facilitate growth.
How can the United States improve its aging infrastructure to maintain its global economic competitiveness? Four experts offer their suggestions and discuss the implications of inaction.
President Obama's State of the Union stressed an agenda to boost competitiveness, bipartisanship, and sacrifice, but critics say he failed to lay out a convincing plan to tackle the country's mounting debt.
The cholera epidemic that has added to the list of Haiti's post-earthquake miseries is a reminder that what Haiti needs more than anything else is good governance that would lead to better infrastructure and safe water.
Morgan Bazilian, Patrick Nussbaumer, Erik Haites, Michael A. Levi, Mark Howells, and Kandeh K. Yumkella analyze the costs of providing near universal access to energy.
All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built,ports deepened, commercial contracts signed—all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities seems insatiable. Do China's grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation?
"The right kind of infrastructure splurge might not be such a bad idea," writes Amity Shlaes, looking back to past infrastructure projects and their effect on the economy.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
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
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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