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From the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

January 2013

Health Care Is America's Real Problem

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With federal health care spending projected to increase significantly more than Social Security spending over the next several decades, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Orszag argues in a Financial Times op-ed that taming the growth of health care costs is not only central to solving America's long-term fiscal problems, but also the best hope for cushioning workers from the effects of globalization. Read the Op-Ed »


Adapting to a Global Economy

Technology Brings Employment Challenges

In his Project Syndicate column, CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow A. Michael Spence says technology-driven globalization has created employment challenges, but there are ways for policymakers to boost competitiveness. Read the Column »

Spreading the Gains of Globalization

In a Renewing America blog post, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden laments how difficult it has become to assist displaced American workers when globalization's beneficiaries show little interest in providing compensation. Read the Blog Post »

Industry and Energy

American Manufacturing Is on the Move

CFR Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby argues in his Financial Times column that although it will not solve all U.S. economic woes, a manufacturing renaissance is both possible and desirable. Read the Column »

Using Natural Gas as a Bridge Fuel

Much of the buzz surrounding the natural gas boom has focused on its implications for American manufacturing, but in a new paper for the journal Climatic Change, CFR Senior Fellow Michael Levi explores the implications for climate change when natural gas is used as a "bridge" to smooth the world's transition away from coal energy. Read the Paper »

Dealing with Debt

The Fiscal Cliff Is a Greek Tragedy, Not a U.S. One

CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil's column in Dow Jones's Financial News, coauthored with CFR Analyst Dinah Walker, illustrates why last March's Greek debt restructuring left Greece in poor shape to avoid financial collapse. Read the Column »

Don’t Draw the Wrong Lessons From Argentina’s Debt Mess

In a Macro and Markets blog post, CFR Senior Fellow Robert Kahn says Argentina's troubles with holdout creditors do not convince him that a new formal process is needed to manage sovereign debt restructurings. Read the Blog Post »

Chart Book: Foreign Ownership of U.S. Assets

CFR Analyst Dinah Walker's latest update to this chart book shows that foreign ownership of U.S. assets grew at the same rate as U.S. GDP in the last quarter. See the Chart Book »



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The Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS)
works to promote a better understanding among policymakers, scholars, journalists, and the public about how economic and political forces interact to influence world affairs.

Michael A. Levi
Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Thomas J. Bollyky
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
Blake Clayton
Adjunct Fellow for Energy
Heidi Crebo-Rediker
Senior Fellow
James P. Dougherty
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy
Jennifer Harris
Senior Fellow
Miles Kahler
Senior Fellow for Global Governance
Robert Kahn
Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics
Sebastian Mallaby
Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Peter R. Orszag
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Varun Sivaram
Matthew J. Slaughter
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization
A. Michael Spence
Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Benn Steil
Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics


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