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Private Empire

May 1, 2012

In Private Empire Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

The Pain in Spain

April 10, 2012

The eurozone crisis has re-emerged with rising borrowing costs in Italy and Spain and increasing concerns about the prospects for growth.

Creating Financially Capable Communities at Home in DC and across the US

April 10, 2012
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Yesterday’s President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability meeting sharpened the case for making financial capability building a top priority in the US.  Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin set the stage by stating that, “The economy is regaining momentum.  But we still have more work to do to repair the damage caused by the worst financial crisis in our lifetimes.”  A following panel disc

Land of Promise

April 17, 2012

From one of America’s leading intellectuals comes a sweeping and original work of economic history, recounting the epic story of America’s rise to become the world’s dominant economy.

America’s Pent-Up Demand

  • By
  • Patrick C. Doherty,
  • New America Foundation
March 26, 2012

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is looking hard for demand. Without a “more-rapid expansion of production and demand from producers and consumers,” the Fed chairman does not see the recent employment gains as “sustainable.” That’s an understatement.

The Sidebar: Bilingual Speakers and The Richer Sex

March 23, 2012
Liza Mundy discusses her new book, "The Richer Sex" and Maggie Severns talks about whether or not bilingual speakers are smarter. Pamela Chan hosts.

The Business Case for Sustainability

March 19, 2012
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The MIT Sloan Management Review in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group recently released a report, “Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point.” In a survey of over 4,000 managers from 113 countries, the study found “70% of companies have placed sustainability permanently on their management agendas.”

Sustainability is here and it is the future. It is transforming companies, commercial networks, and industries. Will the tipping point soon reach government?

The Sidebar: The U.S. in Afghanistan and Rising Gas Prices

March 16, 2012
Counterterrorism Research Fellow Brian Fishman and Schwartz Fellow Steve Levine explore the real challenges facing the U.S. in Afghanistan and rising gas prices at home. Pamela Chan hosts.

The Rebirth of Middle America

March 16, 2012

This piece is authored by Jay Pelosky, Principal of J2Z Advisory. A version of this piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

The Sidebar: Girl-Centered Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality

March 8, 2012

This week, host Pamela Chan talks with Schwartz Fellow Brigid Schulte and Global Assets Project Research Associate Nicole Tosh to mark International Women’s Day by discussing girl-centered poverty reduction programs and gender equality at work and at home.

Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, is writing a book on the struggle of working mothers to manage the scarcest of all resources – time – in balancing work, family and their own well-being.

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