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September 22, 2016

Human Rights
Cresencio Bumanglag, a worker of Dole Food Company, rakes coffee fruits for them to dry at the company's Waialua coffee and cocoa farm on the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii November 9, 2011. Leaders of major nations bordering the Pacific will meet from Wednesday to Sunday in Hawaii in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on building a regional free trade area and an environmental initiative to help spur world economic growth. Picture taken November 9, 2011 (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao). Beyond Supply Chain Transparency Laws

Global trade and the supply chains that support it are undergoing a period of profound change. Supply chains face threats including a resurgence of protectionism, climate change, decaying infrastruct…

July 14, 2006

United States
Far be it from me to disagree with Robert Rubin

One thing I never thought I would see: William Greider  (no fan of Citibank Democrats) interviewing Robert Rubin.    The end result is well worth reading.  Rubin doesn’t seem to be in Steve Roach’s…

August 30, 2005

Rubin doctrine of international finance v. Greenspan doctrine …

The Rubin doctrine of international finance (From In an Uncertain World):1. The only certainty in life is that nothing is ever certain.2. Markets are good, but they are not the solution to all proble…

September 4, 2014


“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …

December 19, 2014

Wars and Conflict
U.S. Marines lower their flag during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand, Afghanistan, October 26, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Omar Sobhani ). A Broader Definition of Security in Post-2014 Afghanistan

Earlier this month, the United States and NATO lowered the flags over their mission in Kabul in the first of two ceremonies that mark the end of the international combat mission in Afghanistan. Over …

September 24, 2014

A Conversation with Enrique Peña Nieto

Yesterday, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico joined us at the Council on Foreign Relations as part of the Russel C. Leffingwell Lecture series. In a conversation with Robert Rubin, Co-Chairman o…

January 24, 2006

United States
Robert Rubin still worries about the risk of a hard landing …

From Rubin's Wall Street Journal oped: The effects of these fiscal conditions are exacerbated because they occur, uniquely in the U.S. amongst the developed nations, in combination with a very lo…

May 16, 2012

CFR's Edward Alden, former Senator Chuck Hagel, and UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm speak at the Hamilton Project event "U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy" at the Brookings Institution on May 15, 2012. (Paul Morigi/Paul Morigi Photography) Business, Immigration, and Political Dysfunction

I had not intended it this way, but this will be my second item in just a week on political dysfunction in Washington. I participated yesterday in a superb forum on the prospects for immigration ref…

August 17, 2011

Are Stocks Cheap? Are Stocks Cheap?

Weak economic data, a Washington debt standoff, a downgrade of U.S. federal debt, and rising European default fears helped send the S&P 500 stock index down 16% between July 22and August 6.  As the…

November 3, 2008

United States
Economic Policy Challenges for the Next Administration Economic Policy Challenges for the Next Administration

The incoming President faces a series of daunting economic challenges including a global financial crisis, a growing budget deficit, and, as the graph above indicates, a potentially severe recessio…