United States News

Obama’s Goal to Double Exports: A Midterm Analysis

Jul 11, 2012
Today’s report on the U.S. trade performance for May 2012 shows that the Obama Administration is roughly on track to achieve the President’s lofty goal of doubling U.S. exports over the five year period ending in 2014.

CEF Partner Organization Circle of Blue's Director, J. Carl Ganter, Receives Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award

Jun 25, 2012
The Rockefeller Foundation announced today that J. Carl Ganter, director and co-founder of Circle of Blue, a team of leading journalists and researchers that reports on water and resource issues globally, will receive the foundation's Centennial Innovation Award.

In Search of a Budget Hero

Jun 20, 2012
With the threat of another partisan standoff over the federal budget looming, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) hosted a group of constituents to play a round of Budget Hero. The “serious game” is a fantastically effective tool that should be further deployed to the public, says Udall.

"U.S.-Russian Relations: The Legacy of Jackson-Vanik" Collection Now Available

Jun 05, 2012
A landmark achievement for human rights, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to the Trade Act of 1974 makes favorable trade status conditional on the freedom of emigration. Almost 40 years later, the amendment is still in effect for certain nations, including Russia, which has complicated the U.S.-Russia trade relationship.

CEF's Cooperative Competitors Initiative Publishes New Brief

Jun 04, 2012
"Snapshot of Chinese Energy Investment into the United States" examines the potential for U.S.-China partnerships as the two countries strive to resolve energy challenges.
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New National Poll: Americans Still Want to be Homeowners

May 22, 2012
Three years after the 2008 financial crisis, America’s housing market still languishes and millions of families are losing their grip on “The American Dream.” A new survey by the Wilson Center finds that despite the bursting of the housing bubble, an overwhelming majority of Americans still feel that homeownership is both important to them and a part of the American Dream. A majority also said homeownership should be a national priority.

A Chronology of the History of the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1991: Part 1, 1945-1950

May 21, 2012
The Cold War History Research Center in Budapest is pleased to announce it has recently published "A Chronology of the History of the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1991: Part 1, 1945-1950" edited by Csaba Bekes, founding director of the Cold War History Research Center and visiting professor at Columbia University.

Can the Startup Act Jump Start America's Economy?

May 17, 2012
While established companies tend to shed employees, young businesses account for nearly all new job creation in the US. In a set of interviews, experts discuss Sens. Moran and Warner’s Startup Act—aimed at enhancing America’s entrepreneurial edge.

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XVI, Soviet Union August 1974–December 1976

May 16, 2012
This volume, the final of five covering relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Nixon-Ford administrations, presents documentation on how matters as diverse as strategic arms limitation, European security, the Middle East, Jewish emigration, and Angola intersected to influence the course of Soviet-American relations during the presidency of Gerald R. Ford.

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