Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies Publications Archive
Climate talks have largely failed to curb rising temperatures, but bottom-up initiatives featuring subnational actors hold great promise if coordinated effectively. Varun Sivaram and David Livingston argue that California and Germany can “lead from between” to bridge international and subnational climate action.
See more in United States; Germany; Environmental Policy
Most observers agree that the United States, propelled by its boom in oil and gas production, is becoming increasingly central to global energy. As oil prices have plummeted, American oil producers have taken credit. As U.S. imports have fallen, foreign policy thinkers have suggested that Washington could rely far less on the Middle East.
See more in Asia and Pacific; Energy and Environment
While oil prices over the last three years were the smoothest in decades, volatility is back and here to stay argue Michael Levi and Robert McNally. Levi and McNally explain how price fluctuations, rather than high prices, endanger global economic growth.
See more in Global; Oil
Benn Steil's essay in the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs looks at the international consequences of U.S. monetary policy action. He argues that developing-nation governments are coming to see the need for engineering current-account surpluses and large dollar-reserve stockpiles as a means of insulating themselves against Fed-induced capital-flow whiplash. As this amounts to "currency manipulation" in the eyes of U.S. policymakers, trade tensions are apt to grow.
See more in Ukraine; United States; Monetary Policy; International Finance
Robert Kahn argues that the West should be ready to impose more robust economic sanctions against Russia, in order to deter it from further infiltrating or destabilizing Ukraine. Russia's economic complexity means sanctions would meaningfully reduce Russian wealth and growth, since Russian oligarchs and business leaders have significant financial stakes in the West.
See more in Russia and Central Asia; Sanctions
Robert Blackwill and Meghan O'Sullivan explore the potential of the North American energy revolution, arguing that the diversification of the global energy market will benefit consuming countries and erode the power of traditional producers, a shift with broad geopolitical implications.
See more in Global; Energy and Environment
Michael Levi makes recommendations for President Obama's energy strategy.
See more in United States; Energy Policy
The U.S. energy revolution is not confined to a single fuel or technology: oil and gas production, renewable energy, and fuel-efficient automobile technologies all show great promise. To best position the country for the future, U.S. leaders should capitalize on all these opportunities rather than pick a favorite; the answer lies in 'most of the above.'
See more in United States; Energy Policy
FDR Treasury official Harry Dexter White was the leading architect of the Bretton Woods international monetary and financial system. But he was also a vital agent for Soviet intelligence in the 1930s and '40s. This article brings to bear startling new archival evidence to illuminate his motives.
See more in Intelligence; History and Theory of International Relations; Russian Federation; United States
Edward Alden discusses the struggle to overcome the legacy of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act and argues that increases in border enforcement over the past thirty years may be the strongest argument for why immigration reform in 2013 would not be a repeat of 1986.
See more in Mexico; Immigration; Migration; United States
If the eurozone splinters, it will have been an avoidable disaster.
See more in EU; Financial Crises; Germany
The main health threat in developing states today is not plagues or parasites but illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, noncommunicable diseases long associated with the rich world.
See more in Diseases, Noncommunicable; Global
Blake Clayton says Wall Street is not to blame for high gas prices.
See more in Oil; United States
China seems to want the yuan to dethrone the dollar as the global reserve currency. But don't expect China's currency to take over anytime soon.
See more in China; Monetary Policy
Michael A. Levi says Republicans and Democrats alike have touted the energy sector as the key to solving the United States' employment problems. They are both wrong.
See more in Energy Policy; Labor; United States
Washington claims that the country's borders are more secure than ever, but the truth is that no one knows for sure.
See more in United States; Border and Port Security
The United States' fiscal future depends on whether the country can limit health-care costs.
See more in United States; Health Policy and Initiatives
Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members have long maintained large oil reserves to limit volatility in oil prices.
See more in Energy Policy; Oil; Global
Clean-energy technology is expensive and the United States is spending far too little on developing it.
See more in United States; Renewable Energy; Energy Policy
The Copenhagen conference won't solve the problem of climate change once and for all. Rather than aiming for a broad international treaty, negotiators should strengthen existing national policies and seek targeted emissions cuts in both rich nations and the developing world.
See more in Environmental Policy