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Succinct yet insightful reports are most welcome – especially in our era, distracted as it is by a rising tide of shallow commentary. For those who care about foreign direct investment (FDI), the premier reports are Columbia FDI Perspectives, published every few weeks by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment. Since the first issue (here republished as chapter 2) appeared in November 2008, the Perspectives have adhered to a format of about two pages, authored by a leading expert, on an FDI question of immediate interest. Consequently, there is no better way to keep abreast of changing trends and emerging themes.
Chapter 2 carries the prescient title, “The FDI recession has begun”; several issues (chapters 9-13) document the ascent and challenges of multinational enterprises based in emerging markets, particularly Brazil, India and China; chapter 6 explores farm deals in Africa with the provocative title, “Land grab or development opportunity?”; chapter 1 reveals that emerging markets would attract more than half of FDI in the midst of the Great Recession; chapters. 29 and 30 debate the arbitration featuring environmental claims between Pacific Rim LLC and El Salvador; chapter 22 surprisingly reports that general counsels often know little and care less about bilateral investment treaties.
Fortunately for FDI watchers, these issues of the Perspectives and many more – in fact the complete collection through 2010 – are now available in a single eBook. Corporate executives, who always have too much to read, will find this eBook essential for a quick briefing. Scholars, who always want to read more, will find the eBook a great place to start their quest. And policy officials, who want to know how the wind is blowing on hot questions, can find the direction from these Perspectives.
Much credit for this collection goes to the editor-in-chief, Karl P. Sauvant, the world’s pioneer in gathering reliable statistical information on foreign direct investment, a lifelong observer of FDI questions and a foremost scholar of multinational enterprises. Together with his team at the Vale Columbia Center, Sauvant has done a great service to those of us who care about FDI trends and emerging themes.
FDI Perspectives: Issues in International Investment
Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
International investment treaties and arbitration, national investment policies, emerging market investors
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Franck, Susan; Sauvant, Karl P.; Sachs, Lisa; Davies, Ken; Zandvliet, Ruben; Hufbauer, Gary Clyde; Kekic, Laza; Jensen, Nathan M.; Malesky, Edmund J.; Avi-Yonah, Reuven S.; Guimon, Jose; Cotula, Lorenzo; Bellak, Christian; Leibrecht, Markus; Ozawa, Terutomo; Mortimore, Michael; Razo, Carlos; Satyanand, Premila Nazareth; Bruche, Gert; van Aaken, Anne; Kurtz, Jürgen; Gordon, Kathryn; Pohl, Joachim; Fotak, Veljko; Megginson, William L.; Kovacs, Charles; Plotkin, Mark; Fagan, David N.; Bhattacharjee, Subrata; de Mestral, Armand Claude; Yackee, Jason Webb; Gallagher, Kevin P.; Skovgaard Poulsen, Lauge N. University College London; Smit, Hans; Nolan, Michael D.; Sourgens, Frederic G.; Peterson, Luke Eric; Van Harten, Gus; and de Gramont, Alexandre, "Chapter 25. International investment arbitration: winning, losing and why" (2011). Contributions to Books. 310.