Interviews

How to Reverse U.S. Economic Malaise

How to Reverse U.S. Economic Malaise

A. Michael Spence interviewed by Christopher Alessi

The U.S. economic recovery has been hit by high unemployment, a widening deficit, and political stalemate over the debt ceiling. CFR's Michael Spence calls for boosting investment in education and infrastructure to generate jobs and spur U.S. competitiveness.

See more in United States; Financial Crises

Toward New Ties with Brazil

Toward New Ties with Brazil

Matias Spektor interviewed by Aimee Rawlins

President Obama's trip to Brazil provides an opportunity for the two countries to reestablish their relationship, setting the stage for future agreements on trade, infrastructure, and foreign policy, says expert Matias Spektor.

See more in Brazil; Politics and Strategy; United States

Japan's Economic Aftershocks

Japan's Economic Aftershocks

Sebastian Mallaby interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Despite turbulence in financial markets, Japan's multiple disasters will likely not have a major global economic impact, and reconstruction will provide a boost to the Japanese economy in the long term, says CFR's Sebastian Mallaby.

See more in Disasters; Japan; Economics

Japan's Crisis for Nuclear Power

Japan's Crisis for Nuclear Power

Charles Ferguson interviewed by Toni Johnson

An extraordinary series of events has caused Japanís nuclear crisis but it appears backup safety systems were flawed, says nuclear expert Charles Ferguson. He expects the disaster to slow some nuclear projects elsewhere but not cause a wholesale stoppage.

See more in Japan; Disasters; Nuclear Energy

Oil Price Shocks and Global Recovery

Oil Price Shocks and Global Recovery

A. Michael Spence interviewed by Roya Wolverson

Oil price shocks spurred by Mideast events are unlikely to derail the U.S. economic recovery, says CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow Michael Spence. But bigger shifts in the global economy will hit U.S. unemployment, income inequality, and capital costs, he says.

See more in Energy Policy; Oil; United States

Iran's Protests and Economic Realities

Iran's Protests and Economic Realities

Suzanne Maloney interviewed by Roya Wolverson

In contrast to other Mideast states, economic pressures are less likely to topple Iran's regime, says expert Suzanne Maloney. Stronger repressive forces and the impact of international sanctions may strengthen the government, she argues.

See more in Iran; Political Movements and Protests

Demographics of Arab Protests

Demographics of Arab Protests

Ragui Assaad interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Large numbers of unemployed youth have been behind the protests for change in the Middle East. Demographics expert Ragui Assaad says the region must move toward democracy and open economic systems to turn the youth bulge into an opportunity.

See more in Egypt; Labor; Political Movements and Protests; Population

Food Prices and Global Instability

Food Prices and Global Instability

Laurie Garrett interviewed by Toni Johnson

With food prices at historic levels, unrest is mounting around the world, particularly in import-dependent regions such as the Middle East. CFR's Laurie Garrett says to meet demand going forward, countries will need to enhance food production and efficiencies.

See more in Food Security; Global

German Labor and EU Integration

German Labor and EU Integration

Mehrdad Payandeh interviewed by Roya Wolverson

As European leaders gather to discuss eurozone reforms, German labor union expert Mehrdad Payandeh discusses the benefits of more European integration, but warns austerity policies could tip Germany and the continent back into recession.

See more in Labor; Germany

Haiti's Redevelopment Obstacles

Haiti's Redevelopment Obstacles

Jacques-Philippe Piverger interviewed by Toni Johnson

One year after Haiti's earthquake, a contested presidential election, the return of Baby Doc Duvalier, and problems with redevelopment hobble the country's efforts to rebuild, says Haitian philanthropist Jacques-Philippe Piverger.

See more in Economic Development; Haiti

The Cost of the World's Long Senior Moment

The Cost of the World's Long Senior Moment

Michael W. Hodin interviewed by Deborah Jerome

Trends in global aging in the coming decades pose serious fiscal challenges to developed and developing nations unless longstanding social policies are revamped, says CFR's Michael Hodin.

See more in Aging; Global

An Rx for Debt Reduction?

An Rx for Debt Reduction?

Peter R. Orszag interviewed by Roya Wolverson

Cutting the federal deficit is seen as essential for reviving the country's economic standing. CFR's Peter Orszag looks at some of the pros and cons of recommendations by a presidential commission's co-chairs to cut more than $3.8 trillion from national deficits.

See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits