"In the contemporary security environment, strategic success requires an ability to understand, influence, or control the human domain…Thisrepresents an effort within the U.S. military to better integrate the psychological dimension of conflict into military thinking and planning, and to institutionalize lessons about the human domain learned at great cost in Iraq and Afghanistan and now playing out on new battlegrounds in Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere."
A short U.S. government shutdown will likely have a limited effect on the economy but will be followed by a protracted debate over increasing the debt limit, which may result in the government's default on its debt and profound consequences for the U.S. and global economy, says CFR's Robert Kahn.
"Funding for scientific development has been one of the notable victims of sequestration, with universities and other research institutions across the country feeling the pinch. Apart from [Los Alamos National Lab], the National Institutes of Health, which drives US medical research, has suffered $1.5bn in cuts this year. Scientists and economists have warned that slashing billions from basic research will hurt US competitiveness over the long term."
The U.S. government shutdown raises troubling questions about American predictability and feeds doubts about the ability of Congress to be a partner with the White House on foreign policy, says Richard N. Haass, CFR President and author of Foreign Policy Begins at Home.
Heidi Crebo-Rediker, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of State, has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow. Her work will focus on the role of economics in U.S. diplomacy, and she will also participate in CFR's Renewing America initiative, which studies the domestic economic underpinnings of U.S. power.
The Obama administration is demonstrating a renewed interest in African economic partnerships after largely ignoring the continent during the president's first term. During his summer 2013 trip to Africa, President Obama articulated a policy focus on energy and business ventures. He announced that the United States would aim to expand sub-Saharan Africans' access to electricity and committed $7 billion over five years to the "Power Africa" initiative. He also vowed to send more trade missions to Africa and invite African leaders to a U.S. summit in 2014.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
2011 Corporate Conference: Recaps and Highlights
To encourage the free flow of conversation, the 2011 Corporate Conference was entirely not-for-attribution; however, several conference speakers joined us for sideline interviews further exploring their areas of expertise.
Former Treasury secretary Robert E. Rubin and Nobel Laureate economist Michael Spence on the global economic outlook.
Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose and Edward Morse on energy geopolitics.