Infrastructure

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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"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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Infrastructure Spending to Grow (Audio)

Speakers: Jeff Madrick, Ellen R. McGrattan, Nick Taylor, and Anna J. Schwartz
Presider: Simon Constable

Listen to experts discuss the lessons learned from Depression era government spending programs and how they may be applied to the recent global economic crisis.

This session was part of the CFR-New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business symposium: A Second Look at the Great Depression, which was made possible through the generous support of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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The Edge of Disaster (Audio)

Speaker: Stephen E. Flynn
Presider: Jeanne Meserve

Listen to Stephen Flynn, the Council's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discuss his comprehensive plan for mobilizing the American people to prepare for a safer future.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

U.S. Rail Infrastructure

Author: Elizabeth Dovell

Rail infrastructure is a critical component of a transportation network capable of helping the United States compete in global markets. Efforts to expand and modernize U.S. rail, particularly to include high-speed trains, are under debate as lawmakers weigh costs and benefits.

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Iraq's Faltering Infrastructure

Author: Lionel Beehner

While security remains the top concern, Iraq's new government must also confront the dearth of basic services, including water and electricity. Oil production, still below prewar levels, remains crucial to lifting the welfare of Iraqis.

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