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From the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies

February 2014

By All Means Necessary

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China's remarkable economic growth has relied on massive quantities of natural resources, but as the country's needs outstrip its supplies, the future economic strength of China will depend on its ability to find and secure access to new sources of raw materials. In their new book By All Means Necessary, CFR Senior Fellow Elizabeth C. Economy and CFR Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi explore where China's resource quest may take the country in coming years and what the consequences will be—not just for China, but for the whole world. Read more ยป


State of the Union

Obama's Modest Proposals for Growth

CFR Senior Fellow Robert Kahn writes on his Macro and Markets blog that the economic policy proposals from President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will likely produce little substantive action, but they suggest that Washington will emerge from its fiscal policy squabbles to focus anew on tackling major socioeconomic issues. Read the post »

Obama's Speech Was a Missed Opportunity for Progress

In a post on the Renewing America blog, CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden faults President Obama and his advisers for failing to capitalize on an easy opportunity to build bipartisan alliances on immigration reform, trade promotion authority, and tax reform. Read the post »

Reaching Recovery

The Real Challenges to Growth

In his Project Syndicate column, CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow A. Michael Spence argues that "secular stagnation" will haunt the United States and other advanced economies as long as they remain fixated on restoring economic growth for growth's sake. Read the column »

"The Euro Crisis Is Dead! Long Live the Euro Crisis!"

In a post on the Geo-Graphics blog, CFR Director of International Economics Benn Steil and CFR Analyst Dinah Walker show that spreads between Spanish and German bond rates have narrowed while spreads between Spanish and German unemployment rates have widened, a divergence that suggests the victories of the European Central Bank's Outright Monetary Transaction program will be short-lived without more fundamental economic reforms. Read the post »

Better Health, Better Value

The Global Grip of Cigarette Smoking

On the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's bombshell report concluding that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, CFR Senior Fellow Thomas J. Bollyky examines in a Los Angeles Times op-ed the steps that the United States can take to promote tobacco control in developing countries. Read the op-ed »

The Vital Medical Research Obama Isn't Pushing

CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter R. Orszag argues in his Bloomberg View column that collecting more data on how different medical treatments compare in terms of costs, benefits, and effectiveness is crucial to improving the efficiency of the U.S. health care system. Read the column »



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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