Recovery with Resilience: Diversifying Supply Chains to Reduce Risk in the Global Economy

At the time of publishing this document, the coronavirus pandemic (or Covid-19) has claimed nearly 900,000 lives and destroyed the livelihoods of several millions of people around the world. Given the contagious nature of this disease, it was not too long before the deadly public health crisis led to a devastating economic turmoil. The impending …

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Brazil, Bolsonaro and Bossa Nova: A Conversation with Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr.

Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S., sits down with Dan Runde to discuss the history of the U.S.-Brazil relationship and avenues for potential future collaboration. They address environmental conservation and protection, space collaboration, and the budding Brazilian creative economy. The Ambassador and Dan also discuss Covid-19 and how the pandemic has …

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Using Machine-Learning to Predict China’s Next Move

In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Weifeng Zhong, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. They discuss Dr. Zhong’s work in developing the open source Policy Change Index (PCI) project, which leverages machine learning to analyze vast quantities of propaganda and predict Chinese policy changes. …

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Revising U.S. Foreign Policy with Representative Joe Wilson

In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde is joined by Representative Joe Wilson (SC-2), Chairman of National Security & Foreign Affairs Task Force at the Republican Study Committee, to discuss the recent RSC National Security Strategy. The duo review the positive role America has had in the world since World War II, examine …

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Should the United States Create a West Bank/Gaza Enterprise Fund (WGEF)?

Introduction It is in the interest of the United States to explore the creation of an enterprise fund for the West Bank and Gaza as part of its continuing efforts to foster peace and prosperity in the Middle East. With the growth of joint Israeli-Palestinian ventures and people-to-people exchanges facilitated by an enterprise fund, the …

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U.S. Foreign Policy: The Case of Mexico

In this episode, Dan Runde speaks with Ambassador Bárcena, the first female Ambassador from Mexico to the United States. Their discussion touches upon President AMLO’s response to Covid-19, the future of Mexico – U.S. trade relations, and the significance of Mexico’s recently announced feminist foreign policy. Podcast originally posted on csis.org on July 9, 2020.

Globalization: The Conservative Case for Participation in Multilateral Institutions

In this episode, Dan Runde speaks with Dalibor Rohac, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the new book, In Defense of Globalism. During their conversation, Mr. Rohac repudiates the recent push for isolationism in the name of national sovereignty and instead makes the case for maintaining and improving the multilateral system. …

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Turning the Covid-19 Crisis into an Opportunity for the Central American Textile Sector

Covid-19 has caused major disruptions to the global economy and international trade flows. Dropping productivity associated with the pandemic is projected to drag GDP growth in developed countries to -5 percent over the course of 2020. This staggering loss will wipe out four years of a steady growth in productivity. As countries reel from the economic downturn, …

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The DFC: Delivering Technical Assistance in High-risk Contexts

Key Takeaways There is an increased political push across the board for international development institutions to operate in low-income countries and, in particular, fragile and conflict-affected states. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is also mandated to focus its investments in these difficult contexts and is now equipped with a better set of development …

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