Renewing AmericaRenewing America

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

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Renewing America blog. Please bookmark this page 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:

Debt and deficits. America's national debt is rising rapidly and the solution will require tackling some of the thorniest issues in U.S. politics—taxes and entitlement spending.

Infrastructure. Upgrading 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 capital. A troubled education system and a flawed immigration process threaten U.S. capacity to develop a competitive workforce.

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

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

International trade and investment. Americans debate whether trade deals send U.S. jobs overseas or spur economic growth and job creation at home.


Research and Publications

As a part of the Renewing America initiative, CFR's David Rockefeller Studies Program will generate 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.

Research papers. In-depth analyses that examine the challenges to U.S. global competitiveness and recommend actionable policy
solutions.

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

Future of American Manufacturing. Nobel laureate and CFR Distinguished Visiting Fellow Michael A. Spence examines the trends in U.S. manufacturing output and employment and their consequences for the health of American society.


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.

Some of the blog's features include:

Renewing America Scorecards. 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

In-depth research. Policy papers written by CFR scholars as well as
some of the nation's top scholars and practitioners

Publications

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Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The National Debt Ceiling: Options and Risks

Speakers:

Janet Mullins Grissom, Peck, Madigan, Jones, & Stewart, Inc., Chris Krueger, Guggenheim Securities, Richard R. Verma, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

Presider:

Christopher M. Tuttle, Council on Foreign Relations
February 15, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Market Impact of Iran's Nuclear Program

Speakers:

Nader Mousavizadeh, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Analytical, Robert E. Rubin, Cochairman, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations
February 11, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

Does the United States Need a New National Security Act?

Speaker:

Gary Hart, Hart International, Ltd.

Presider:

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair; Council on Foreign Relations
February 4, 2013 12:30-2:00 p.m.

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

A New Framework for U.S. Monetary Policy

Speaker:

Scott Sumner, Professor of Economics, Bentley University

Presider:

Benn Steil, Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Is the Era of Middle-Class Prosperity Over?

Speaker:

Hedrick L. Smith, Hedrick Smith Productions

Presider:

James M. Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations
January 18, 2013 12:30-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Guest Event ⁄ New York

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

Panelists:

Joel I. Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Education Division, News Corporation; Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Task Force Co-Chair, Margaret Spellings, President and Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Spellings and Company; Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Task Force Member

Presider:

Jon Meacham, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Random House Publishing Group
April 12, 2012 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Discussion

Speakers:

Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont, Robert Wolf, Chairman, UBS Americas; President, UBS Investment Bank, Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
March 29, 2012 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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Guest Event ⁄ Washington

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

Speakers:

Joel I. Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Eduction Division, News Corporation; Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation; Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Task Force Co-Chair, Condoleezza Rice, Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser; Task Force Co-Chair

Presider:

Terence P. Moran, Anchor, "Nightline"
March 20, 2012 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

Speakers:

Joseph F. Coughlin, Founder and Director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kelly Michel, Senior Vice President, Institutional Business Development, Employer Solutions, and Pensions, AEGON USA

Presider:

Michael W. Hodin, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging
February 14, 2012 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speaker:

Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio (R); Member, Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Presider:

Stephen Friedman, Chairman, Stone Point Capital
January 11, 2012 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

U.S. Exports, Imports, and Economic Growth

Speaker:

Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Presider:

Dan Glickman, Executive Director, Congressional Program, Aspen Institute
December 16, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Roundtable Discussion

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

The Global Energy Landscape

Panelists:

Carlos B. Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Daniel H. Yergin, Chairman and Founder, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates

Presider:

Ed Crooks, U.S. Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times
December 13, 2011 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Dealing with the Deficit: Beyond the Supercommittee

Speakers:

Evan Bayh, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP; Former U.S. Senator (D-IN), Vin Weber, Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock; Former U.S. Representative (R-MN)

Presider:

Doyle McManus, Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2011 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Dinner Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Education and U.S. Competitiveness

Speakers:

Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser, Pearson; Founder, U.S. Education Delivery Institute; Former Chief Adviser on Delivery to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Margaret Spellings, President and CEO, Margaret Spellings and Company; Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Member, CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security

Presider:

Charles Lane, Editorial Writer, Washington Post
November 17, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Symposium ⁄ New York

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

November 10, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Session One
9:45-10:45 a.m. - Session Two
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Session Three
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch Reception

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Outlook for Global Growth in the Real Economy

Speakers:

Gene Huang, Vice President and Chief Economist, Federal Express Corporation, Marco Annunziata, Executive Director, Global Market Insights; Chief Economist, General Electric Company

Presider:

John C. Bussey, Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Business Editor, Wall Street Journal
November 9, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

The Politics of Foreign Policy

Speakers:

Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center, Steven Kull, Director, Program on International Policy Attitudes; Senior Research Scholar, Center for International and Security Studies, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Presider:

Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post
October 19, 2011 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Dinner Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

Infrastructure, Commerce, and Competitiveness

Speakers:

Kurt J. Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities, Russell Roberts, Managing Director, Transportation Practice, BGR Group

Presider:

Rob Quartel, Chairman and CEO, NTELX
October 14, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Eric Hirschhorn

Speaker:

Eric Hirschhorn, Undersecretary for Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Presider:

Daniel F. Burton Jr., Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Public Sector, Salesforce.com
September 30, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

Speakers:

Andrew H. Card, Acting Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University; Task Force Co-Chair, Thomas A. Daschle, Senior Policy Adviser, DLA Piper US LLC; Task Force Co-Chair, Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Co-Project Director, Matthew J. Slaughter, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Globalization, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Co-Project Director

Presider:

David Wessel, Economics Editor, "Wall Street Journal"
September 19, 2011 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
9:00-10:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Town Hall Meeting:The Debt Ceiling and Beyond

Speakers:

Roger C. Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners, Inc., Benn Steil, Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations, Vin Weber, Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock

Presider:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
August 3, 2011 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Economic Growth: The Role of Small Businesses

Speaker:

Karen G. Mills, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Presider:

Jonathan E. Colby, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
June 22, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion

This meeting is not for attribution.

Symposium ⁄ Washington

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

June 15, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Entitlement Spending and the National Debt

Speakers:

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; Former Director, Congressional Budget Office, Richard Jackson, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Presider:

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
June 10, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speakers:

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations, William F. Martin, Chairman, Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Presider:

Thomas Wallin, Editor in Chief, Energy Intelligence Group
June 8, 2011 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Dealing with Debt: Strategies for the States

Speakers:

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Senior Counsel, Government Advocacy and Public Policy, King & Spalding LLP; Former Governor of Maryland, Robert Kurtter, Managing Director, U.S. State and Regional Ratings, Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Edward G. Rendell, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Presider:

Karen Johnson, Former Director, Division of International Finance, Federal Reserve System
May 24, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Job Creation and U.S. Competitiveness

Speakers:

John Engler, President, Business Roundtable; Former Governor of Michigan, Andrew Stern, Senior Research Fellow, Georgetown University; Former President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Presider:

John C. Bussey, Executive Business Editor and Assistant Managing Editor, "Wall Street Journal"
May 20, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Guest Event ⁄ Washington

CEO Speaker Series - American Revival: A Conversation with Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Speaker:

Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Presider:

Steven Pearlstein, Associate Editor; Business and Economics Columnist, "Washington Post"
May 13, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Population and Power

Speakers:

Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor; Director, Center for Global Policy; Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Carl Haub, Senior Visiting Scholar, Population Reference Bureau

Presider:

Charles Lane, Editorial Writer, "Washington Post"
April 25, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

National Exports and Global Competitiveness

Speaker:

Francisco J. Sánchez, Undersecretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

Presider:

Bruce Stokes, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
April 20, 2011 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ Washington

National Debt and National Power

Speakers:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, Peter R. Orszag, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup Inc.

Presider:

Terry Moran, Anchor, "Nightline"
March 18, 2011 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

CFR 90th Anniversary Series on Renewing America: State and Municipal Debt: The Fiscal Challenges Ahead

Speakers:

Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of New York, Felix G. Rohatyn, Special Adviser to the Chairman, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC; Former Chairman, Municipal Assistance Corporation, State of New York, Robert B. Ward, Deputy Director and Director of Fiscal Studies, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York at Albany

Presider:

Peter R. Orszag, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc.; Former Director, Office of Management and Budget, The White House
February 17, 2011 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Guest Event ⁄ Washington

"Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge " Book Reception

Speaker:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Introductory Speaker:

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2011 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speakers:

Roger C. Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners, Inc., Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, Good Morning America, ABC News

Presider:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
January 18, 2011 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Arne Duncan

Speaker:

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

Presider:

Joel I. Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
October 19, 2010 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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