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June 30, 2014

Global
Bretton Woods Lessons

The 1944 Bretton Woods conference ensured a leading role for Washington in the global financial system but also contributed to present-day problems that will be difficult to fix, says CFR’s Benn Stei…

September 10, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
The Battle of Bretton Woods

Teaching Notes on The Battle of Bretton Woods by CFR Senior Fellow Benn Steil.

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January 2, 2013

Financial Markets
The Battle of Bretton Woods

A remarkably deft work of storytelling that reveals how the blueprint for the postwar economic order was actually drawn.

September 4, 2014

China
Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

“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 …

Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

April 29, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
Eric Rauchway Battles "The Battle of Bretton Woods"

Benn’s new book The Battle of Bretton Woods has been called “the gold standard on its topic” by the New York Times, “a triumph of economic and diplomatic history” by the Financial Times, and “a su…

Eric Rauchway Battles "The Battle of Bretton Woods"

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

December 30, 2013

China
Robert S. Spalding III: Being Firm With China

Robert S. Spalding III is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Air Defense Identification Zone recently announced by the Chinese was most likely not hastily done. The Chinese d…

Honour guard troops march during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 6, 2013. (Petar Kujundzic/Courtesy Reuters)

February 8, 2019

Economics
2019 Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium

Although the global rate of extreme poverty is at a historic low, the pace of poverty reduction is slowing and the World Bank estimates that more than 700 million people still live on less than $1.90…

November 6, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

The latest episode of The President’s Inbox is now live. The Iowa caucuses, the formal start of the presidential nominating process, are just three months away. Given that elections matter for U.S. f…

An American flag flies on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.

October 10, 2019

Kurds
The Time of the Kurds

The Kurds, one of the world’s largest peoples without a state, may be on the verge of achieving their independence amid turbulence in Syria and Iraq.

The Time of the Kurds