Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

How Safe Is the U.S. Safe Haven?

Irwin M. Stelzer

June 2012

Hudson Institute


This version of the glorious sonnet composed by Emma Lazarus in 1883, and later engraved on a bronze plaque installed on the Statue of Liberty, calling the world’s huddled masses to our shores, captures what it means these days to be a safe haven. Just as America proved to be such a safe haven for immigrants in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries, it is now seen as a safe haven for wealth attempting to escape Europe’s tax collectors and financial chaos and recession in Europe, and for foreign central banks newly enamored of the dollar.