Event Transcripts

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Fracking Revolution Transforming the Global Energy Landscape

Speakers: Admiral Dennis Blair, John Browne, and Robert D. Blackwill

Admiral Dennis Blair, BP Officer, John Browne, and CFR Fellow, Robert D. Blackwill discuss the American energy boom and its concerns with both gas and oil. According to the following experts, through the use of fracking, the United States has increased its oil production to approximately 3.5 million barrels per day, in the last five years.

See more in Global; Energy and Environment

Widening Inequality Threatens U.S. Growth and Social Mobility

Speaker: Jose Angel Gurria
Presider: Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Inequality has been steadily rising in the United States since the 1970s, but the gap between rich and poor increased dramatically following the financial crisis of 2008. José Ángel Gurría of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development joins Mary Ellen Iskenderian of Women's World Banking to discuss the growing inequality problem and what steps can be taken to promote more inclusive growth going forward.

See more in Global; Economic Development

Stalled by Winter Weather, Economic Growth Projected to Regain Momentum

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Takatoshi Ito, and Vincent Reinhart
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Harsh winter weather appears to have dealt the global economic recovery a temporary setback, but growth is projected to pick up again later this year. Nomura's Lewis Alexander, Takatoshi Ito from the University of Tokyo, and Vincent Reinhart of Morgan Stanley discuss the current state of the global economy with CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.

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The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles

Speakers: Erik Brynjolfsson, Jennifer Healey, and Chunka Mui
Presider: James J. Shinn

Once thought of as science fiction, the autonomous vehicle may soon be a reality. Three leading thinkers in the field, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson, Intel's Jennifer Healey, and Chunka Mui of the Devil's Advocate Group join James Shinn of Princeton University to discuss the future of driverless cars and the economic, legal, and policy questions that they raise.

See more in Global; Technology and Science

Media Call: What's Next for Ukraine?

Speakers: Stephen Sestanovich, Alexander Motyl, and Robert McMahon

Experts discuss recent developments regarding uprisings in Ukraine. Over the past couple of months, there has been an increase in confrontation with the government which has resultred in violent protests in Ukraine, and specifically in Kiev. Stephen Sestanovich, Alexander Motyl, and Robert McMahon discuss Russia and Putin's role, the current state of Ukraine, and its future.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Foreign Affairs Media Call on Iran Negotiations with Elliott Abrams, Suzanne Maloney, and George Perkovich

Speakers: Elliott Abrams, Suzanne Maloney, Gideon Rose, and George Perkovich

Experts discuss the challenges, opportunities. and future of the Iranian nuclear talks and whether these talks will succeed or fail. Elliot Abrams, Suzanne Maloney, Gideon Rose, and George Perkovich focus on the future of the nuclear energy talks and how that will affect foreign policy regarding U.S. involvement or the possibility of Iran going nuclear.

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Consensus Building for the Most Vulnerable: Eliminating Child Marriage Globally

Speakers: Giovanna Lauro and Alaka Basu
CFR Senior Fellow Gayle Lemmon moderates a conversation with Giovanna Lauro, deputy director of Promundo-U.S., and Alaka Basu, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and professor at Cornell University, on child marriage and the search for policy consensus on eliminating the practice globally.

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Amid Tighter Budgets, U.S. Army Rebalancing and Refocusing

Speaker: Raymond Odierno
Presider: James Sciutto

With the deployment in Afghanistan winding down and facing significant budget cuts, the U.S. Army finds itself in a period of transition. Army chief of staff Raymond Odierno joins CNN's James Sciutto to discuss the ongoing rebalancing of U.S. forces toward Asia and the challenges of maintaining military readiness in a post-sequestration environment.

See more in United States; Defense and Security

Fueling the Chinese Economy

Speakers: Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael A. Levi
Presider: James M. Lindsay

China's growing demand for natural resources has been a boon for commodity producers, but it has also raised concerns about its effects on the global economy. Following the publication of their new book, By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World, CFR Fellows Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi join CFR's Director of Studies James M. Lindsay to discuss some of their findings.

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Can Bitcoin Go Mainstream?

Speaker: Gavin Andresen
Presider: Douglas A. Rediker

Despite being criticized by many economists as being inherently deflationary and eyed with suspicion by government financial regulators, Bitcoin continues to grow in popularity. Gavin Andresen from the Bitcoin Foundation and Douglas Rediker of the Petersen Institute of International Economics discuss what Bitcoin is and where it is headed in the future.

See more in Global; Economics; Technology and Science

Can Negotiations With Iran Succeed?

Speakers: Sen. Angus King and Margaret Brennan

Broad-based international economic sanctions on Iran have significantly impaired its economy and brought the regime to the negotiating table, but the recently concluded interim nuclear agreement remains controversial among many members of Congress.

See more in Iran; Global; Sanctions

South Korea, Poland, and Turkey: Three Emerging Market Success Stories Look to Sustain Their Growth

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Marcus Noland, Mitchell Orenstein, and Gideon Rose

Emerging economies have boomed over the past decade, but many have recently seen their currencies come under pressure. With a potential currency crisis looming, CFR's Steven Cook, Marcus Noland of the Petersen Institute for International Economics, and Mitchell Orenstein of Northeastern University take an in-depth look at three emerging market success stories in a conversation with Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose.

See more in South Korea; Emerging Markets; Turkey

Economic Policy After the Omnibus

Speaker: Jacob J. Lew
Presider: John C. Bussey

With the 2014 omnibus budget bill nearing completion, U.S. Treasury secretary Jacob Lew outlines his economic policy priorities for the coming year with John Bussey of the Wall Street Journal.

See more in United States; Economics