High-Level Roundtable Series on American Competitiveness

Part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and made possible by the generosity of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation, this roundtable series brings high-level attention to issues that affect the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. Meetings have addressed issues such as reform of the U.S. corporate tax system, the effectiveness of the WTO dispute settlement process, and the U.S. approach to inward and outbound foreign investment.

Meetings

How to Lift Up Low-Income Americans: Increase the Minimum Wage?

Speakers: Liticia Mederos, Senior Policy Adviser, Rep. George Miller (D-CA), John Schmitt, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, William Wascher, Deputy Director, Division of Research and Statistics
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
January 8, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

Promoting Fair Working Standards in a Global Economy

Speaker: Richard M. Locke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 11, 2013

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Brand USA: Implications for Policy Development and Business Performance

Speakers: John Gerzema, BAV Consulting, Scott Siff, BAV Consulting
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 12, 2013

This meeting is on the record.

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Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance

Speakers: Gary Pisano, Harvard Business School, Willy C. Shih, Harvard Business School
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2013

This meeting is on the record.

Addressing the Challenge of State-Owned Enterprises

Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
November 16, 2011

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U.S. Investment Policy

Speakers: Aaron Brickman, U.S. Department of Commerce, Jonathan Kallmer, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, J. Welby Leaman, U.S. Department of Treasury
Presider: Daniel M. Price, Sidley Austin LLP
December 16, 2010

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Trade and Climate Change: Integrating Economic and Environmental Goals

Speakers: Jason Bordoff, Director for Energy and Climate Change, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Mark Linscott, Assistant Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources
Presider: Edward Alden, Council on Foreign Relations
June 29, 2010

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A Conversation with Rob Davies

Speaker: Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, CFR
October 2, 2009

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Financial Crisis and the Future: Perspectives from the Global Investment Community and Chinese Government

Presider: Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
April 29, 2009

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Does DARPA Still Effectively Spur U.S. Technological Innovation?

Speaker: Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon University
Presider: Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
November 25, 2008

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Sustaining American Innovation in the Post-Scientific Society

Speaker: Christopher T. Hill, George Mason University
Presider: Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
October 20, 2008 12:00–12:30 p.m. - Lunch
12:30–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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The Bilateral Trade Agenda: Colombia, Panama, and Korea

Speaker: John Veroneau, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2007

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Managing Globalization: Trade Adjustment Assistance and Wage Insurance

Speaker: Robert J. LaLonde, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby, Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations
September 21, 2007

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How Distorted Markets Undermine Free Trade: A New Agenda for Liberalization

Speaker: Shanker A. Singham, Partner & Chairman, International Trade Group, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
June 28, 2007 12:00–2:00 p.m.

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China Export Controls

Speaker: Chris Padilla, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 20, 2007 8:00–9:30 a.m.

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Self Reliant Innovation and International Controversies: The Future of Intellectual Property in China

Speaker: Mark Cohen, Senior IPR Attache, U.S. Embassy in Beijing
Presider: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 19, 2007 12:30–2:00 p.m.

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Foreign Direct Investment: Keeping the United States Competitive in the Global Marketplace

Speaker: Franklin L. Lavin, Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
June 8, 2007 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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Information Technology and the East

Speaker: Jamie Popkin, Author, Gartner, Inc.
Presider: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations
June 5, 2007 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Outsourcing: Three Years Later

Speakers: Frances Karamouzis, Research Director, Gartner Research, Catherine Mann, Professor, International Business School, Brandeis University, Matthew J. Slaughter, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization, The Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: James P. Dougherty, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, The Council on Foreign Relations
May 2, 2007 4:00–6:00 p.m.

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Managing Risk at the Border: Finding a Balance Between Security and Openness

Speaker: Stewart Verdery, President, Monument Policy Group, LLC
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
March 26, 2007

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Trade Policy and Competitiveness: What Can we Learn from Europe

Speaker: John Bruton, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Commission
Presider: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
March 21, 2007

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The Patent Crisis

Speakers: James P. Dougherty, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, The Council on Foreign Relations, David Kappos, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, IBM Corporation, Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard University, John Squires, Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel, Associate General Counsel, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
March 20, 2007

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Trade versus Security: An EU-U.S. Partnership to Confront the Global Challenge

Speaker: Laszlo Kovacs, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
Presider: Lee S. Wolosky, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
March 7, 2007

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Atlas of Ideas with James Wilsdon

Speaker: James Wilsdon, Head of Science and Innovation, Science and Innovation Program, Demoa
Presider: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 12, 2007 5:30–7:00 p.m.

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In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship

Speaker: Reed Hundt, Senior Information Industries Adviser, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Presider: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 29, 2007

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Should Central Banks Burst Asset Price Bubbles? A Debate

Speakers: Adam S. Posen, Senior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Nouriel Roubini, Associate Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University, Stern School of Business
Presider: Richard H. Clarida, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Columbia University
October 24, 2006

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The Demutualization of America's Securities Exchanges: Lessons from the European Experience

Speaker: Rudiger von Rosen, Managing Director, Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.
Presider: John J. Phelan Jr., Retired Chairman, NYSE Group, Inc.
June 6, 2006

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The Science Business: Reflections on the Biotechnology Experiment

Speaker: Gary Pisano, Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University School of Business
Presider: Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Environment and Energy Correspondent, The Economist
April 4, 2006

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Competing in a Global Economy: The President's Agenda

Speaker: Matthew J. Slaughter, Member, Council of Economic Advisors
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby, Op-Ed Columnist, The Washington Post
February 23, 2006

This meeting is not for attribution.