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Beating the Resource Curse: Global Governance Strategies for Democracy and Economic Development

Beating the Resource Curse: Global Governance Strategies for Democracy and Economic Development

Author: Terra Lawson-Remer

Emerging economies taking advantage of mineral and petroleum wealth often face corruption and conflict rather than benefit from sustainable development. This resource curse can be obviated, CFR Fellow Terra Lawson-Remer argues, if capital-exporting countries, banks, and corporations insist on transparency.

See more in Environmental Policy; Minerals and Rare Earth Elements; Global

Encouraging U.S. Infrastructure Investment

Encouraging U.S. Infrastructure Investment

Author: Scott Thomasson

At a time when the country's infrastructure needs are more pressing than ever, Scott Thomasson offers pragmatic solutions for working around current congressional gridlock and unlocking modest yet critical infrastructure investment.

See more in United States; Infrastructure

After Manufacturing

After Manufacturing

Author: Roland Stephen

North Carolina, which was struck harder by the loss of manufacturing than any other state, offers a realistic guide for communities across the United States with how best to adapt to this new era of growing international competition.

See more in United States; Industrial Policy; Manufacturing

Addressing the Risk of a Cuban Oil Spill

Addressing the Risk of a Cuban Oil Spill

Authors: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG and Blake Clayton

As Cuba drills its first offshore oil well, the United States should anticipate the possibility of an oil spill, implementing policies that would help both countries stem and clean up a spill in a way that is minimally disruptive to the United States' Cuba strategy.

See more in Cuba; Oil; Pollution

A Strategy to Advance the Arctic Economy

A Strategy to Advance the Arctic Economy

Author: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG

Unlike its Arctic neighbors, the United States is failing to take full advantage of the tremendous economic potential of the Arctic region. Captain Melissa Bert argues for U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention; international polar shipping standards; and an aircraft, icebreaker, and shore-based infrastructure acquisition program funded by Arctic oil and gas lease proceeds.

See more in Arctic; Oil; United States

Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

Author: David M. Marchick

David Marchick calls for new U.S. government efforts to increase the small share of Chinese direct investment in the United States, including combating perceived prejudices, removing policy impediments, and encouraging U.S. businesses to partner with their Chinese counterparts.

See more in Trade; China

Managing Oil Market Disruption in a Confrontation with Iran

Managing Oil Market Disruption in a Confrontation with Iran

Author: Robert McNally

Efforts by the United States and EU to sanction Iran's oil exports have prompted worries about a disruption of global oil markets. Robert McNally outlines scenarios in which rising tensions could affect the price of oil and potential policy responses.

See more in Iran; Oil