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- Released September 2, 2009
Executive Excess 2009: America's Bailout Barons
After the crash of 1929, the apocryphal story goes, bankers jumped out windows. After last September's crash, this new report details, bankers shut their windows and stuffed their pockets -- with stock options that virtually guarantee them mega-million-dollar windfalls for years to come.
- Released July 28, 2009
Military vs. Climate Security: Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era
The U.S. military now views the massive disruptions that will result from global warming, in the absence of concerted international action, as a likely precipitant of increased violent conflict around the world.
- Released July 17, 2009
Comments on the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty
Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty. As the Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, I have published several relevant reports, drawing on interviews with policymakers and legal experts, as well as individuals directly affected by investor-state cases in the United States and several other countries.1 My overall view is that significant reforms are needed to correct the current imbalance between the broad public interest and the interests of private foreign investors.
- Released July 10, 2009
Media Briefing Booklet: Obama's Trip to Ghana
Over the past decade, Africa’s status in U.S. national security policy has risen dramatically, for three main reasons: America’s growing dependence on Africa’s oil exports, Africa’s importance as a major battlefield in America’s “Global War on Terrorism,” and Africa’s central position in the global competition between America and China for economic and political power.
- Released April 27, 2009
Thirsting for Change: Obama’s First 100 Days
It is difficult to evaluate an administration after only 100 days. George W. Bush, who ended his two terms with one of the lowest grades of any U.S. president, received quite positive evaluations after his first three months in office. The Obama team is still bringing people on board and identifying its priorities. Still, the crises facing the United States and the world require immediate and comprehensive action. And, as no less an authority as Aristotle once put it, well begun is half done.
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