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October 1, 2021

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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June 27, 2022

China
Recipient Countries Hold the Key to China’s BRI Success

BRI should not simply be assessed by looking at China’s interests. Recipient countries matter because their geopolitical concerns and domestic interests can intersect to affect how well BRI functions…

A worker walks out of a tunnel at the construction site of East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a Chinese-invested railway project part of the Beijing 'Belt and Road Initiative'

April 13, 2021

United States
Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy?

Higher education provides students many socioeconomic benefits and increases the global competitiveness of the United States, but mounting student loan debt has sparked a debate over federal lending …

Students attend their graduation ceremony at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

June 1, 2022

China
Belt and Road Tracker

This tracker shows how the Belt and Road Initiative changed countries’ bilateral economic relationships with China over time.

March 25, 2021

Kenya
Belt and Road in Kenya: COVID-19 Sparks a Reckoning with Debt and Dissatisfaction

The economic impact of COVID-19 has exposed the underlying fragility of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Kenya, already the subject of scrutiny over corruption, pollution, and debt concerns. BRI fueled an ambitious infrastructure push in Kenya.

A train, built as part of Chinese investment in Kenya through the Belt and Road Initiative, arrives at the Mombasa Terminus in Mombasa, Kenya.

September 28, 2021

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
What’s at Stake in the Debt Ceiling Showdown

U.S. lawmakers are at loggerheads over raising the limit on government borrowing. Here’s what to know about the debate.

October 7, 2020

Emerging Economies
Reframing the Collective Action Problem in Sovereign Bond Restructuring

A recent white paper from Lazard points out that emerging market sovereign bond holdings are often fairly concentrated among a handful of big players.  The main impediment to collective action may be…

Reframing the Collective Action Problem in Sovereign Bond Restructuring

May 13, 2020

Does U.S. Debt Matter?

Please join our speakers for a discussion on the U.S. national debt and potential for an impending debt crisis, particularly given recent multi-trillion dollar COVID-19 stimulus packages, as well as …

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May 7, 2010

Greece
Buiter: Sovereign Debt Problems to Continue

Citigroup's Chief Economist Willem Buiter discusses the future of sovereign debt in the wake of the crisis in Greece. This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough Series on International Economic…

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