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February 4, 2013

An employee works on the production of high-power semiconductors at a manufacturing plant of Swiss engineering group ABB on May 30, 2012 (Michael Buholzer/Courtesy Reuters). Why Manufacturing Really Matters: Gary Pisano and Willy Shih on Innovation

If there is any consensus in the debate over how to revitalize the American economy, it is over innovation. Innovation, we can all readily concur, is the only way for an advanced economy like the Uni…

February 13, 2018

Russia
Play CSR Russia Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow's Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge

In the Council Special Report Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon argue that the …

January 17, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Play Renewable Energy World Energy Outlook

Fatih Birol discusses the newest edition of World Energy Outlook, the prospects for renewable energy, and the outlook for energy markets in the coming year.

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Implications of the Arab Uprisings

The Council on Foreign Relations and St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, held a two day symposium on May 29 and May 30, 2012, which featured six panels discussing the implications of the Arab…

November 3, 2017

Technology and Innovation
Play AI The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society

THOMPSON: All right. Hello, everybody. Welcome to the closing session of the Council on Foreign Relations 22nd Annual Term Member Conference with Ray Kurzweil. I’m Nicholas Thompson. I will be pre…

September 22, 2017

Mexico
Play Mexico's Secretary of Finance Caso A Conversation With Luis Videgaray Caso

Secretary Videgaray Caso discusses the future of U.S.-Mexican relations and the challenges facing President Peña Nieto's administration. 

February 7, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama Likely to Sign FAA Funding Bill

President Obama is expected to sign legislation that will support federal aviation programs (NYT) through 2015, ending five years of stopgap financing. The bill includes about $16 billion a year for …

February 17, 2012

Education
The March 2012 cover of the Harvard Business Review. Competitiveness: How the United States Lost its Way

While it’s only February, I feel safe in making the following prediction: the new issue of the Harvard Business Review contains the most important thinking on the issue of U.S. competitiveness that w…

November 30, 2009

United States
2009.11.23.CAxOil U.S. Current Account Imbalance: Oil vs. Non-Oil

The U.S. non-oil current account balance started to improve in 2006 after a period of real dollar depreciation beginning in 2002. However, the overall deficit remained high, reflecting the run-up …

July 14, 2009

United States
twins21 Twin Deficits

The U.S. federal deficit has increased significantly since the start of the recession, as tax revenues have fallen and spending has increased. But the trade deficit has actually shrunk, reaching it…