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Jan 17, 2017

International Organizations
rtx230yo-x617 Global Agenda: The Roots of Trump’s Trade Rage

This blog post is part of a series entitled Global Agenda, in which experts will identify major global challenges facing President-Elect Trump, the options available to him, and what is at stake for …

Nov 3, 2016

United States
U.S. Has Failed to Ease Adjustment to Globalization and Free Trade, Says Alden in New Book

In Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support …

Oct 20, 2016

Competitiveness
Failure to Adjust

A history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy.

Sep 6, 2016

International Organizations
United Nations Headquarters The Role of the UN General Assembly

The seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly will be dominated by debates over the movements of refugees and migrants, antimicrobial resistance, and nuclear weapons.

May 16, 2012

Trade
Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of DC public schools, speaks at the "Educated Workforce" session of an economic forum in 2009. (Hyungwon Kang/Courtesy Reuters) Morning Brief: New Education Advocacy Groups Shape Debate

Since the 1960s, teacher unions have been the primary lobbyists on education policy, but new advocacy groups are emerging (Education Week). These single-issue groups are gaining traction on Capitol H…

Apr 17, 2012

Education
President Obama speaking in front of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom on January 19, 2012 (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters). Visas and Travel: One Step Forward, Two to Go

Large, bureaucracies are notoriously difficult to move, but when they do it can sometimes happen with extraordinary speed. Consider what has happened on U.S. visa processing over the past six months …

Feb 10, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: U.S. Pressured to Adopt Int'l Accounting Standards

The United States faces renewed calls from other G20 countries to adopt international accounting standards (Reuters), with the intention of providing uniformity and improved transparency for both glo…

Jan 26, 2012

Education
An officer validates a visa on a student's passport (Charles Platiau/Courtesy Reuters). Innovation In Government: A Safer and Speedier Visa System

The Council on Foreign Relations has published today the first Policy Innovation Memorandum (PIM) coming out of the Renewing America initiative, "Faster, Safer, and Smarter: A Modern Visa System for …

Nov 12, 2008

Energy and Climate Policy
Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy

New York Ciy, New York RICHARD N. HAASS:  Good afternoon.  Good afternoon.  Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations.  My name's Richard Haass and I'm lucky enough to be the president of this or…

Jan 17, 2014

United States
Vacant: The Post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

When the Obama administration began, the post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom was vacant. This post, at the State Department, was established by the International Religious…