The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President

August 22, 2008

The Center for Global Development has a track record of providing important insights into how the United States can improve global development policy and thereby tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. This book continues that tradition and helps advance our understanding about how the next administration can improve a critical arm of our global engagement.

—Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

CGD’s work is always rigorous and very often useful to us in government. Their combination of independence and high quality makes it a place to turn to for new ideas and sound analysis.

—Bobby Pittman Jr., Senior Director and Special Assistant to President Bush for African Affairs at the National Security Council

Each day brings fresh evidence that Americans’ well-being is linked to the lives of others around the world as never before. Accelerating advances in technology and the creation of new knowledge offer undreamed-of opportunities. Yet global poverty, inequality, disease and the threat of rapid climate change threaten our hopes. How will the next U.S. president tackle these global challenges?

The White House and the World shows how modest changes in U.S. policies could greatly improve the lives of poor people in developing countries, thus fostering greater stability, security and prosperity globally and at home. Center for Global Development experts offer fresh perspectives and practical advice on trade policy, migration, foreign aid, climate change and more. In an introductory essay, CGD President Nancy Birdsall explains why and how the next U.S. president must lead in the creation of a better, safer world.

The White House and the World will be invaluable to anybody interested in improving American foreign policy in the 21st century.

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