Issue BriefSep 14, 2022
Sand in the silicon: Designing an outbound investment controls mechanism
By Sarah Bauerle Danzman and Emily Kilcrease
The stakes for rethinking the investment relationship between the United States and China are high. An outbound investment mechanism must be narrowly targeted, clearly defined, non-duplicative of existing tools, scoped proportionately to administrative capacity, and paired with meaningful multilateral engagement with allies and partners.
Sarah Bauerle Danzman is a nonresident senior fellow with the GeoEconomics Center’s Economic Statecraft Initiative. She is also an associate professor of international studies at Indiana University Bloomington where she specializes in the political economy of international investment and finance. From 2019 to 2020, she was a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow, working in the US Department of State as a policy advisor and foreign investment security case analyst in the Office of Investment Affairs.
Bauerle Danzman researches the ways domestic and multinational firms influence and adapt to investment regulation, the nexus of national security and foreign investment, and the ways that rules governing capital shape global networks of ownership and production. She has published widely in academic outlets including her book, Merging Interests: When Domestic Firms Shape FDI Policy.
In addition to her academic scholarship, Bauerle Danzman is a Council on Foreign Relations term member, a senior advisor at Resolute Strategic Services, and a regular commentator on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and geoeconomic competition. She completed her doctorate in political science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received a BA with distinction from Villanova University.