Interviews

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

The Rising Chinese Consumer

The Rising Chinese Consumer

Despite global tensions over China's currency and trade policies, U.S. businesses stand to benefit from China's waning labor surplus and its growing consumer affluence, says Princeton University's JC de Swaan.

See more in China; Economic Development

A Divided and Insular EU

A Divided and Insular EU

Stewart M. Patrick interviewed by Roya Wolverson

The eurozone fiscal crisis has led many EU members to discount the benefits of European integration, but the bloc is likely to muddle along and focus on inward relations while bonds with Washington weaken, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.

See more in Financial Crises; EU

Torrent of Challenges for U.S. in Pakistan

Torrent of Challenges for U.S. in Pakistan

Daniel S. Markey interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Pakistan's floods spell setbacks for the U.S. fight against extremism and its war effort in Afghanistan, says CFR's Daniel Markey. He says beyond humanitarian aid relief, Washington must focus on boosting Pakistan's economy through greater trade opportunities.

See more in Pakistan; Disasters

Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate

Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate

Richard C. Holbrooke interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

The international response to Pakistan's flood disaster has been inadequate so far, says Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative to the country. He says Washington is contacting international governments and is sending more aid, including helicopters to assist in relief efforts.

See more in Pakistan; Disasters; Foreign Aid

A Weakened but Resourceful Iran

A Weakened but Resourceful Iran

Hossein G. Askari interviewed by Greg Bruno

Sanctions have weakened Iran, but expert Hossein G. Askari says the country's leaders continue to muddle through, in part because of popular support for uranium enrichment--the cause of mounting global pressure.

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Why Sanctions Can Hurt North Korea

Why Sanctions Can Hurt North Korea

Marcus Noland interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

Washington's new sanctions against North Korea, focusing on international financial institutions and banking systems, are likely to have more impact than trade sanctions, says North Korea economic expert Marcus Noland.

See more in North Korea; Sanctions

Law of Sea Implications for Gulf Spill

Law of Sea Implications for Gulf Spill

Caitlyn Antrim interviewed by Toni Johnson

In the wake of the Gulf spill, the United States should craft regional pacts with its neighbors to address pollution and liability issues arising from ever deeper oil and gas exploration, says expert Caitlyn Antrim.

See more in Disasters; Oceans; United States

A Chilling Response to Gulf Oil Spill

A Chilling Response to Gulf Oil Spill

Jack Coleman interviewed by Toni Johnson

The Obama administration has overreacted to the Gulf oil spill by suspending most new offshore drilling and moving to expand liabilities for future accidents, with implications for U.S. energy security, says Jack Coleman, an energy industry official and legal expert.

See more in Oil; Disasters; United States

China's Calculated Move on Yuan

China's Calculated Move on Yuan

Interview of: Steven Dunaway

By ending the yuan's peg to the U.S. dollar, China will deflect pressure over its currency policy at the upcoming G20 meeting. But tensions will persist over the pace of reform, says CFR's Steven Dunaway.

See more in China; Monetary Policy

Tough Love for Eurozone

Tough Love for Eurozone

Daniel Gros interviewed by Roya Wolverson

Saving the European Union requires a plan to allow fiscally weak member countries to fail, as well as painful lifestyle changes and some loss of national sovereignty, says the Centre for European Policy Studies' Daniel Gros.

See more in Financial Crises; EU