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From the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

June 2013

Remedial Education: Federal Education Policy

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The United States once led the world in educational attainment, but declines in high school and college graduation rates have dropped the United States ten places in worldwide rankings over the past three decades. Because the global economy places an ever-larger premium on knowledge, this decline in educational attainment threatens to diminish American competitiveness and, with it, long-term growth prospects for the U.S. economy. In a new Progress Report and Scorecard, CFR's Renewing America Initiative examines what is ailing the U.S. education system and what federal policymakers are doing to fix it. Read the Report »


Tight Markets, Open Supply

The Emerging Irony of U.S. Energy Independence

CFR Senior Fellow Michael Levi writes in a CNBC op-ed that talk of American energy independence has been made possible by the effects of rising global demand on the U.S. energy sector. Read the Op-Ed »

Addressing Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Suppliers

In a new Energy Brief, CFR Energy and National Security Fellow Blake Clayton and Senior Fellow Adam Segal argue that cyber threats to oil and gas suppliers pose an increasingly challenging problem for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Read the Brief »

Fiscal Future

Can Government Play Moneyball?

In an essay for the upcoming July/August issue of the Atlantic Monthly, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter R. Orszag and former White House Domestic Policy Council Director John Bridgeland argue that fiscal scarcity will increasingly guide Washington toward evidence-based policymaking. Read the Essay »

Five Factors to Watch As Budget Negotiations Heat Up

CFR Senior Fellow Robert Kahn explains in a Macro and Markets blog post that several seemingly positive U.S. fiscal policy developments—including an improving economy and slower growth in medical costs—may wind up taking the wind out of the sails of meaningful budget reform. Read the Blog Post »

Summer Reading

The Dunkirk Diplomat

Drawing on his new book The Battle of Bretton Woods, CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil argues in the June edition of History Today that Britain paid a high political and economic price for American financial assistance during World War II because of the egoism of its most celebrated economic diplomat, John Maynard Keynes. Read the Article »

The Myth of the Omnipotent Central Banker

In the upcoming July/August issue of Foreign Affairs, Peterson Institute for International Economics President Adam S. Posen writes that journalist Neil Irwin's book The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire provides a much-needed corrective to grandiose notions of monetary policymakers' intentions and impact. Read the Review »

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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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