Simon Chair in Political Economy
The William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy leads the Center’s work on global economic growth, governance, and statecraft, with a focus on the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. Under the direction of Matthew P. Goodman, the Chair explores a broad range of international economic policy questions, covering macroeconomics and finance, trade and investment, development, and competitiveness. It also examines issues, actors, and institutions in global economic governance, including the role of the G20, institution building in the Asia Pacific, and evolving international economic rules and norms. And it looks at how governments craft foreign economic policy at a time when international relations are increasingly defined by the pursuit and use of economic power.
Reconnecting Asia maps new linkages—roads, railways, and other infrastructure—that are reshaping economic and geopolitical realities across the continent. Through data curation and objective analysis, the project aims to fill Asia’s infrastructure-information gap, squaring lofty ambitions with facts on the ground.