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June 22, 2005

Capital Flows
The joys of being a creditor nation

China is on track to add between $250 and $300 billion to its reserves this year. That is a lot of money. Enough to have an impact on global bond markets. Enough to buy several oil companies. As…

August 20, 2019

United States
Back-to-School Reading Special

Every year CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I record a summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. We usually do it in June as we entertain visions of leisurely summer days yet to co…

Books

January 9, 2007

United States
Nice work if you can get it — the joys of exorbitant privilege

I spent a bit of time trying to estimate how market moves in 2006 will impact the US net international investment position (the NIIP is the gap between all US external assets and all US external liab…

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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

April 27, 2011

Maternal and Child Health
Family Planning and Economic Growth

Overview One of the greatest challenges facing some of the poorest developing countries is the urgent need for comprehensive, integrated reproductive health services, including family planning. If…

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September 18, 2019

United States
CEO Speaker Series With Randall Stephenson

Randall Stephenson discusses his business strategy and lessons learned from leading AT&T. The CEO Speaker Series is a unique forum for leading global CEOs to share their insights on issues at the …

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September 3, 2019

United States
Distinguished Voices Series with Jim Mattis

General Mattis discusses his lessons learned in leadership over the course of his military and government career.

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May 21, 2018

United States
Meeting the Challenge of Slow-Motion Crises

The United States faces three slow-motion crises—the future of work, climate change, and the federal debt—that we risk not tackling until it is too late.

June 11, 2019

United States
Leveraging Multilateralism to Prevent Conflict: A Conversation with The Elders

The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, work to address challenges of peace-building, inequality, exclusion, and injustice in a rapidly changing world. Mary Robi…

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June 6, 2019

United States
Foreign Affairs Live with George Packer

One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke helped normalize U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly unified Germany and then to the United Natio…

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