Competitiveness

News Release

New CFR Ebook Evaluates U.S. Economic Competitiveness

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) ebook, How America Stacks Up: Economic Competitiveness and U.S. Policy, examines how the United States has responded to global economic competition and benchmarks the United States against other advanced economies. The ebook is an invaluable resource in the 2016 presidential election cycle for assessing the Obama administration’s economic legacy and looking at priorities for the next administration.

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Book

How America Stacks Up

Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

The line between domestic economic policy and foreign economic policy is now almost invisible, and getting these policies right matters for more than just U.S. living standards. Through insightful analysis and engaging graphics, How America Stacks Up outlines the challenges faced by the United States and prescribes solutions that will ensure a healthy, competitive U.S. economy for years to come.

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U.S. Must Invest in Scientific Research to Keep Innovation Edge, According to New CFR Report

Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

Although the United States leads the world in technology innovation, it may fall behind if the government does not address emerging gaps in innovation policy and invest more in scientific research, argues a new progress report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Renewing America initiative. The report is authored by Renewing America Associate Director Rebecca Strauss and CFR Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow and Renewing America Director Edward Alden.

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Article Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss
Quartz

Management theorist Peter Drucker famously declared that companies must “innovate or die.” Washington today is full of similar warnings, based on the premise that the US is losing its innovation edge. The fear is that industrial and technological advancements in other countries—and in China in particular—threaten to leave us behind.

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Primary Sources

Documents of U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

The U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue was created by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in May 2013 and the first cabinet-level meeting was convened September 2013 in Mexico City. Vice President Biden hosted the January 6, 2015 meeting in Washington. Participating U.S. agencies include Departments of State and Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In 2015, strategic goals are focused on energy; modern borders; work force development; regulatory cooperation; partnering in regional and global leadership; and stakeholder engagement.

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Transcript

Dupont's Ellen Kullman on Science and Innovation

Speaker: Ellen Kullman
Presider: Alan S. Murray

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, joins Alan S. Murray, editor at  Fortune magazine, to discuss global competitiveness. Kullman describes Dupont’s deep portfolio strategy, and innovations ranging from drought-resistant cultivars to biofuel to golf ball materials.

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Audio

Dupont's Ellen Kullman on Science and Innovation

Speaker: Ellen Kullman
Presider: Alan S. Murray

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, joins Alan S. Murray, editor at  Fortune magazine, to discuss global competitiveness. Kullman describes Dupont’s deep portfolio strategy, and innovations ranging from drought-resistant cultivars to biofuel to golf ball materials.

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Video

Dupont's Ellen Kullman on Science and Innovation

Speaker: Ellen Kullman
Presider: Alan S. Murray

Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, joins Alan S. Murray, editor at Fortune magazine, to discuss global competitiveness. Kullman describes Dupont’s deep portfolio strategy, and innovations ranging from drought-resistant cultivars to biofuel to golf ball materials.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Voodoo Abenomics

Author: Richard Katz

Imagine the predicament currently facing a growing number of Japanese men in their early 30s. Despite having spent years cramming in high school and attending good colleges, many can't find a full-time job at a good company.

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