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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Article Authors: Edward Alden and Rebecca Strauss

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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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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Economic Competitiveness and a North American Market

Speaker: Robert A. Pastor

Robert Pastor, professor and founding director of American University's Center for North American Studies, leads a conversation on the findings of his recent CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum, Shortcut to U.S. Economic Competitiveness: A Seamless North American Market, as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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Beyond NAFTA: Raising Cross-Border Competitiveness (Audio)

Speakers: Jorge Mariscal, Shannon O'Neil, and Juan E. Pardinas
Presider: Ana Paula Ordorica

Experts forecast the developments of U.S.-Mexico relations as a result of the new U.S. Congress,  the need for Mexico to increase foreign direct investment in the face of investor insecurity caused by violence and organized crime.

This session was part of a CFR symposium,200 Years of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Challenges for the 21st Century,which was made possible through generous support from the Consulate General of Mexico in New York, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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International Competitiveness and Education: A Conversation with Arne Duncan

Speaker: Arne Duncan
Presider: John DeGioia

Recent studies have concluded that the United States continues to fall behind other countries in student achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Please join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the future of U.S. education policy and its implications for international competitiveness and national security.


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