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Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report from the Council on Foreign Relations provides a review of the year's meetings, outreach, publications, and events. It also includes highlights from the Corporate Program, Council of Councils, CFR Campus, and Independent Task Force Program.

November 9, 2016

United States
The President’s (Economic) Inbox

The election of Donald Trump creates extraordinary uncertainty about the future course of U.S. economic policy. Markets don’t like extreme unknowns, and there are valid reasons to fear that Trump’s p…

March 9, 2016

Monetary Policy
Is a Little Turbulence a Threat to Growth?

The minutes of the FOMC’s January 26-27 meeting mention financial “market turbulence” five times, and report that members discussed its potential to “restrain U.S. economic activity.” Chair Janet …

Is a Little Turbulence a Threat to Growth?

June 28, 2018

United States
SUMMER READING SPECIAL: The World From the Beach With Carlos Lozada

Looking for nonfiction book recommendations to kick off your summer? In this annual episode, hosts Jim Lindsay and Bob McMahon join Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada to discuss the books they…

Podcast The World Next Week Summer Reading

April 2, 2015

Monetary Policy
Is the Fed Gonna Tighten Like It’s 1994? Or 2004?

How will the Fed raise rates once it starts?  Gradually, in small steps?  Faster, with larger steps? In 2012, before becoming Fed chair, Janet Yellen argued for a later first rate-hike than would…

Is the Fed Gonna Tighten Like It’s 1994? Or 2004?

June 7, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Young Women Empowered Against HIV: Violence, Education, Institutions

Girls and women make up more than half of the 36.7 million people living with HIV globally. Research shows that gender inequalities, including gender-based violence, exacerbate girls’ and women’s vul…

Podcast Mishi Mohammed, a phlebotomist, holds a blood sample from a woman to test for HIV at the Mater Hospital in Kenya, September 10, 2015.

December 16, 2014

Monetary Policy
What Did the Greenspan Fed Do with Its “Considerable Time” Pledge in ’04?

The big question for the December 16-17 FOMC meeting is whether to drop the pledge to keep rates at near-zero for a “considerable time.” Prior to the last meeting in October, two-thirds of primary…

What Did the Greenspan Fed Do with Its “Considerable Time” Pledge in ’04?

August 18, 2014

Monetary Policy
Bullard Has Fed History on His Side in Rate-Hike Debate with Yellen

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has moved decisively and vocally from the dove to hawk camp over the past year, and is now predicting a rate hike in the first quarter of next year – in contr…

Bullard Has Fed History on His Side in Rate-Hike Debate with Yellen

May 11, 2018

Economics
World Economic Update

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends.

Play A woman welds a table at Xuan Hoa furniture factory in Xuan Hoa town

July 10, 2014

Monetary Policy
Yellen vs. Bullard on Wages and Inflation: Who Is Right?

Wage growth is “not a threat to inflation,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on June 18.  “[With] our 2 percent inflation objective, we could see wages growing at a more rapid rate” before having to wo…

Yellen vs. Bullard on Wages and Inflation: Who Is Right?