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From the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

July/August 2013

Getting to Yes on Transatlantic Trade

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CFR Senior Fellow Thomas J. Bollyky and Columbia Law School professor Anu Bradford write on that talks on the comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should focus on the real barrier to global trade and commerce—uncoordinated regulatory policies. By moving toward more harmonized regulation, Bollyky and Bradford argue, the United States and European Union can strengthen incentives for global companies to abide by their joint requirements. In an era of increasingly fragmented production along global supply chains, the TTIP represents an opportunity to ensure that the high standards of health, safety and privacy expected by western consumers become the de facto global standard. Read More »


Labor Struggles

With So Many Job Openings, Why So Little Hiring?

CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter R. Orszag writes in his Bloomberg View column that economists' theories to explain the gap between jobs open and jobs filled have diverging implications for the speed of the labor market's recovery. Read the Column »

Signing Up to Safety Laws Does Workers More Harm Than Good

CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati and University of Cambridge professor Amrita Narlikar argue in a Financial Times op-ed that scapegoating global brands for Bangladeshi factory accidents will not improve safety and may actually harm worker well-being. Read the Op-Ed »

Slow Motion

Three Things to Know About China's Slowing Growth

In a video on, Senior Fellow Robert Kahn breaks down the impact that China's economic slowdown will have on its financial system, on the structure of its economy, and on the rest of the world. Watch the Video »

Exuberance Ends in China

CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow A. Michael Spence writes in his Project Syndicate column that Chinese authorities have a tough job ahead in shifting the country to a new model for economic growth. Read the Column »

Washington Wrangling

How to Win Over the GOP on Immigration

In a op-ed, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden outlines how to break through the immigration bill impasse in the U.S. House by emphasizing areas of bipartisan agreement and striking sensible compromises on issues like border enforcement and paths to citizenship. Read the Op-Ed »

Manufactured Controversies Cloud Public Understanding of Keystone Pipeline

CFR Senior Fellow Michael Levi writes in a post on that "he-said, she-said" journalism sows confusion about the Keystone XL pipeline by blurring the distinction between scientific debate and political debate. Read the Blog Post »

Bernanke Is Calibrating the Market Into Fits

In an op-ed for Financial News, CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil and CFR Analyst Dinah Walker argue that the market massacre following Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's June 19 press conference highlights the trouble with the central bank's schizophrenic pledge to keep its policy stable yet "calibrated" by employment data, which is highly volatile. Read the Op-Ed »



About CGS

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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