Renewing AmericaRenewing America

Director: James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
Fellow: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow

Please see the Renewing America blog for updated news and analysis on the domestic challenges facing the United States that have significant consequences for national security and foreign policy. 

Renewing America is a special project launched in connection with CFR's 90th anniversary. The Renewing America initiative is supported in part by a generous grant from the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation.

The Domestic Underpinnings of U.S. Global Power

Premised on the understanding that the United States' ability to influence world events rests on a robust, competitive economy, CFR's Renewing America initiative sponsors meetings, research, analysis, recommendations, and outreach on how best to revitalize the country's economic strength and build the foundations for future prosperity and influence. The initiative focuses on six issues that affect the United States' ability to project its power abroad:

The Domestic Underpinnings of U.S. Global Power

Premised on the understanding that the United States' ability to influence world events rests on a robust, competitive economy, CFR's Renewing America initiative sponsors meetings, research, analysis, recommendations, and outreach on how best to revitalize the country's economic strength and build the foundations for future prosperity and influence. The initiative focuses on six issues that affect the United States' ability to project its power abroad:

Debt and deficitsAmerica's national debt continues to grow and the solution will require tackling some of the thorniest issues in U.S. politics—taxes and entitlement spending.

InfrastructureUpgrading the nation's aging network of roads, bridges, airports, railways, and water systems as well as infrastructure related to energy security is essential to maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

Education and human capitalA troubled education system and a flawed immigration process threaten U.S. capacity to develop a competitive workforce.

Corporate regulation and taxationRegulatory burdens, offshore employment, and tax-shelter abuses have fed debate over the scope of rules for U.S.-based businesses.

InnovationThe rise of China, India, Brazil, and other emerging markets means the United States must innovate to remain competitive.

International trade and investmentAmericans debate whether trade deals send U.S. jobs overseas or spurs economic growth and job creation at home.

Research and Publications

As a part of the Renewing America initiative, CFR's David Rockefeller Studies Program generates innovative policy recommendations on revitalizing the U.S. economy and replenishing the sources of American power abroad. Drawing on the expertise of CFR scholars, along with leading experts and practitioners from around the world, Renewing America publications include:

Policy Innovation Memoranda. Written for policymakers and opinion leaders, these focused and rigorous policy briefs examine challenges to the domestic underpinnings of U.S. national security.

Renewing America Scorecards and Progress Reports. Analysis and infographics assessing policy developments and U.S. performance in such areas as infrastructure, education, international trade, and government deficits.

Backgrounders. Succinct explainers on issues related to the Renewing America themes from CFR.org's editorial staff.

Expert commentary. Analysis by Alden, other CFR scholars, and guest bloggers.

Events

The initiative makes possible a robust Renewing America Roundtable series. The roundtable series draws on the substantial talents of the fellows in the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Meetings in this series examine how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world. Meetings are held by invitation both at CFR's New York headquarters and Washington office.

The Renewing America Blog

The Renewing America blog is the initiative's portal for updated news and analysis on the domestic challenges that have significant consequences for U.S. national security and foreign policy.

Publications

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Meetings

The Trade Deficit: Is It a Problem or Not?

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Renewing America Series: Risks and Priorities in Public Pension Plans

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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

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President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Discussion

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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

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The U.S. Aging Population as an Economic Growth Driver for Global Competitiveness

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Debt-Driven Doldrums or the Promise of Prosperity: America at a Crossroads

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The Global Energy Landscape

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Education and U.S. Competitiveness

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Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics: Europe's Debt, America's Deficit: The Crisis of the Rich World

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U.S. Trade and Investment Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

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The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy: Next Steps

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CFR 90th Anniversary Series on Renewing America: The Future of Energy

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CFR 90th Anniversary Series on Renewing America: American Power and Profligacy

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A Conversation with Arne Duncan

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