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

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

Speakers John Schmitt

Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

, William Wascher

Deputy Director, Division of Research and Statistics

, Liticia Mederos

Senior Policy Adviser, Rep. George Miller (D-CA)


Presider Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

January 8, 2014

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Promoting Fair Working Standards in a Global Economy

Speaker Richard M. LockeMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider Edward AldenBernard 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 GerzemaBAV Consulting, Scott SiffBAV Consulting
Presider Edward AldenBernard 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 PisanoHarvard Business School, Willy C. ShihHarvard Business School
Presider Edward AldenBernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2013

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Addressing the Challenge of State-Owned Enterprises

Presider Edward AldenBernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
November 16, 2011

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U.S. Investment Policy

Speakers Aaron BrickmanU.S. Department of Commerce, Jonathan KallmerOffice of the U.S. Trade Representative, J. Welby LeamanU.S. Department of Treasury
Presider Daniel M. PriceSidley Austin LLP
December 16, 2010

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Trade and Climate Change: Integrating Economic and Environmental Goals

Speakers Jason BordoffDirector for Energy and Climate Change, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Mark LinscottAssistant Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources
Presider Edward AldenCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 29, 2010

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Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

A Conversation with Rob Davies

Speaker Rob DaviesMinister of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa
Presider Edward AldenBernard 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 SegalCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 29, 2009

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

Speaker Erica FuchsCarnegie Mellon University
Presider Adam SegalCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 25, 2008

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Sustaining American Innovation in the Post-Scientific Society

Speaker Christopher T. HillGeorge Mason University
Presider Adam SegalCouncil 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 K. VeroneauDeputy U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Presider Edward AldenBernard 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. LaLondeProfessor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Presider Sebastian MallabyDirector 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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Meeting ⁄ New York

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

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

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Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

China Export Controls

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

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Meeting ⁄ New York

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

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

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

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

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Information Technology and the East

Speaker Jamie PopkinAuthor, Gartner, Inc.
Presider Adam SegalMaurice 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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Meeting ⁄ New York

Outsourcing: Three Years Later

Speakers Frances KaramouzisResearch Director, Gartner Research, Catherine MannProfessor, International Business School, Brandeis University, Matthew J. SlaughterAdjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization, The Council on Foreign Relations
Presider James P. DoughertyAdjunct 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 VerderyPresident, Monument Policy Group, LLC
Presider Edward AldenBernard 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 BrutonHead of Delegation, Delegation of the European Commission
Presider Edward AldenBernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
March 21, 2007

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The Patent Crisis

Speakers James P. DoughertyAdjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, The Council on Foreign Relations, Josh LernerJacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard University, David KapposVice President and Assistant General Counsel, IBM Corporation, John SquiresVice 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 KovacsCommissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
Presider Lee S. WoloskyPartner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
March 7, 2007

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Atlas of Ideas with James Wilsdon

Speaker James WilsdonHead of Science and Innovation, Science and Innovation Program, Demoa
Presider Adam SegalMaurice 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 HundtSenior Information Industries Adviser, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Presider Adam SegalMaurice 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. PosenSenior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Nouriel RoubiniAssociate Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University, Stern School of Business
Presider Richard H. ClaridaProfessor 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 RosenManaging Director, Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.
Presider John J. Phelan Jr.Retired Chairman, NYSE Group, Inc.
June 6, 2006

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Meeting ⁄ New York

The Science Business: Reflections on the Biotechnology Experiment

Speaker Gary PisanoHarry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University School of Business
Presider Vijay VaitheeswaranGlobal 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. SlaughterMember, Council of Economic Advisors
Presider Sebastian MallabyOp-Ed Columnist, The Washington Post
February 23, 2006

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