Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies Publications Archive
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, Economics
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, United States, Immigration, Migration
If the eurozone splinters, it will have been an avoidable disaster.
See more in EU, Economics
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 Economics, Global Health
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, Economics
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 Economics, Energy/Environment, U.S. Strategy and Politics
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, Infrastructure
The United States' fiscal future depends on whether the country can limit health-care costs.
See more in United States, Infrastructure, Health
Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members have long maintained large oil reserves to limit volatility in oil prices.
See more in Energy, Energy Security
Clean-energy technology is expensive and the United States is spending far too little on developing it.
See more in United States, Infrastructure, Energy/Environment
As the Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argues, the concept of foreign aid is ﬂawed -- not just because corrupt dictators divert aid for nefarious or selﬁsh purposes but also because even in reasonably democratic countries, aid creates perverse incentives and unintended consequences.
See more in United States, Foreign Aid
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 Comparative Environmental Policies
Sebastian Mallaby's update to his January/February 2007 essay "Hands Off Hedge Funds."
See more in United States, Business and Foreign Policy
Globalization has brought huge overall benefits, but earnings for most U.S. workers -- even those with college degrees -- have been falling recently; inequality is greater now than at any other time in the last 70 years. Whatever the cause, the result has been a surge in protectionism. To save globalization, policymakers must spread its gains more widely. The best way to do that is by redistributing income.
See more in Geoeconomics
Global financial instability has sparked a surge in "monetary nationalism" -- the idea that countries must make and control their own currencies. But globalization and monetary nationalism are a dangerous combination, a cause of financial crises and geopolitical tension. The world needs to abandon unwanted currencies, replacing them with dollars, euros, and multinational currencies as yet unborn.
See more in International Finance
The massive growth of hedge funds has sparked warnings of instability and demands that the industry be regulated. But the fear of hedge funds is overblown, based on a misunderstanding of their role in the international financial system. In reality, hedge funds do not increase risk; they manage it -- and policymakers, rather than clamping down, should make sure hedge funds have the tools to perform this function well.
See more in Emerging Markets
See more in Trade, WTO
See more in Economics, Global Governance
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See more in U.S. Strategy and Politics, Economics