One year ago, CSIS released “The Higher Road: Forging a U.S. Strategy for the Global Infrastructure Challenge,” the product of bipartisan taskforce co-chaired by Charlene Barshefsky and Stephen Hadley. Major developments since then, including the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s acceleration of its digital infrastructure push, have heightened the stakes of the global infrastructure challenge for U.S. interests and the necessity of fashioning not merely a response, but its own strategy. The United States has taken several important steps toward fashioning its own positive vision for global infrastructure, as the report recommended. But critical work remains to effectively operationalize promising developments such as the launch of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Blue Dot Network. In that context, CSIS hosts this webinar with the two co-chairs of the taskforce to discuss how the recommendations are still relevant to addressing the global infrastructure challenge with the urgency it deserves.
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale | Former U.S. Trade Representative
Principal, RiceHadleyGates LLC | Former National Security Advisor