From Structures to Services: Improving Infrastructure Development in Latin America

In this episode of Building the Future, Tomás Serebrisky, Principal Economic Adviser at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Infrastructure and Energy Department, speaks with Dan about his recent book, From Structures to Services: The Path to Better Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. The pair cover the growing need to prioritize service provision in Latin America, …

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Out Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley

CSIS’s Daniel F. Runde recently sat down with Alexandre Lazarow, a venture capitalist who has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is currently with Cathay Innovation, a global firm that invests across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Previously, Alex …

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How Can the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Effectively Source Deals?

The Issue The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is an important agency for advancing U.S. foreign policy interests, creating jobs, and fostering the private sector in developing countries. As part of its new authorities designated in the 2018 Build Act, the DFC can now carry out equity investments and technical assistance and is mandated …

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Post-pandemic Natural Resource Management in the Indo-Pacific

The Issue In late 2019, the novel coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China. It is generally agreed that it originated from animal consumption in a market. Increased human interaction with wildlife—be it through the destruction of habitats, the consumption of animals, or other means—increases exposure to diseases, and 58 percent of all pandemics are zoonotic in origin, transmitted through an …

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Reducing Crime and Poverty: A Conversation with María Eugenia Vidal

This is a special Spanish-language episode of 35 West hosted by Dan Runde, Senior Vice President and the Director of the CSIS Americas Program. Dan sits down with María Eugenia Vidal, the former Governor of the Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. They discuss how she got her start in politics, as well as key policy …

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Foreign-Focused Propaganda: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

In this episode of Building the Future, Joshua Eisenman, author of Red China’s Green Revolution and Assistant Professor at the Keogh School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame, sits down with Dan Runde to talk about the specifics of China’s development narrative, and how the country leverages this narrative to advance its strategic objectives in the rest …

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Creative Economies in the Indo-Pacific and Covid-19

Historically, creative industries have been more resilient to economic shocks than other sectors of the global economy. In the face of the 2008 financial crisis, global trade declined by 12 percent, yet trade in creative goods and services continued to grow. The Covid-19 epidemic is no exception when it comes to the recovery of the …

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Post-pandemic Governance in the Indo-Pacific: Adapting USAID’s Strategy in the Face of Covid-19

The Issue In recent years, democracy has been under siege as its global appeal has waned, and authoritarian coercion and pressure have risen. The Covid-19 global pandemic will become yet another vehicle for great power competitors, such as China, to further exacerbate existing democratic backsliding, corruption, and disinformation. The Indo-Pacific region is important to U.S. interests and …

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How Impact Investments Can Strengthen Rural Economies in the Age of Covid-19

Covid-19 has exacerbated preexisting disparities in rural economies in terms of jobs, poverty levels, access to markets and finance, infrastructure and connectivity, education quality, and healthcare provisions. Rural economies have the potential to create meaningful economic opportunities in the future, yet rural development needs to go beyond the notion of improving agricultural productivity; it must …

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A Moment of Global Adjustment: China’s Ambitions in the Wake of Covid-19

In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined once again by Dr. Jonathan Ward, author of China’s Vision for the World, to discuss how China’s relationship with the rest of the world has changed in the last 18 months. This time around, the pair analyze the growing recognition of China’s ambitions in …

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