Transcripts

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The Evolution and Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Speakers: Jorge G. Castañeda and Robert A. Pastor
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr.

Experts discuss outcomes of the 2012 elections in the United States and Mexico and look at both countries' post election agendas.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, U.S.-Mexico Relations Beyond the 2012 Election, which was made possible by the generous support of the Mexican Business Council.

See more in Mexico; Elections; Politics and Strategy; United States

Media Conference Call: Tensions in the U.S.-China Relationship

Speaker: Jerome A. Cohen
Presider: Bernard Gwertzman

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner head to Beijing for the annual Security and Economic Dialogue, the U.S.-China relationship faces diplomatic tension over the status of activist Chen Guangcheng, China's currency, China's leadership transition, and other issues. CFR's Jerome Cohen, an expert on law and business in China, discusses the U.S. relationship with China and the implications of these tensions.

The Economic Roots of the Arab Spring

Speaker: Hernando de Soto
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Speaker

Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, which advises heads of state and governments worldwide; Author, The Other Path: The Invisible Revolution in the Third World and The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Presider

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Poverty; Political Movements and Protests

Technology and Global Growth: A Conversation with Bill McDermott

Speaker: Bill McDermott
Presider: Peter Cook

SAP Co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott shares his view on how SAP is dealing with the changing impact of technology on the global economy and on policymakers.

This meeting is part of the Corporate Program's CEO Speaker Series, which provides a forum for leading global CEOs to share their priorities and insights before a high-level audience of CFR members. The series aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership.



See more in United States; Telecommunications

Media Conference Call: April and the Americas

Speakers: Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig
Presider: Toni Johnson

This week, President Barack Obama held a North American Summit with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and Mexican president Felipe Calderón. Next week, he will host Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff for a state visit, before they both travel to the Summit of the Americans in Cartagena, Colombia.

Listen to CFR fellows Shannon K. O'Neil and Julia E. Sweig discuss these meetings, as well as Secretary Hillary Clinton's strategic partnership dialogue with Brazilian foreign minister Antonio Patriota that will be held immediately after the summit in Cartagena.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean

World Economic Update

Speakers: Lewis Alexander, Joyce Chang, and Vincent Raymond Reinhart
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Lewis Alexander, Joyce Chang, and Vincent Reinhart discuss the world economy with CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby.

This series is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

See more in International Finance; Financial Crises; Global

The Arab Uprisings: How Did We Get Here?

Speaker: Margaret MacMillan
Introductory Speaker: Rita E. Hauser
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Margaret MacMillan, warden at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College and professor of history at University of Toronto, gives an overview of the Arab uprisings and discusses the historical context and political consequences surrounding the events in the region.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Political Movements and Protests

Regional Consequences—The Geopolitics of the Changing Middle East

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Marwa Daoudy, and Avi Shlaim
Presider: Michael Slackman

Steven A. Cook, Marwa Daoudy, and Avi Shlaim discuss the geopolitical consequences of the Arab uprisings and how these changes affect the Middle East.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa

Monarchies

Speakers: Mohamad Bazzi and Eugene Rogan
Presider: Raghida Dergham

Mohamad Bazzi, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies and assistant professor of journalism at New York University, and Eugene Rogan, faculty fellow and university lecturer in the modern history of the Middle East at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, discuss how Middle Eastern monarchies are responding to the pressures created by the Arab uprisings.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa