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American Decline or Economic Renewal?

by Renewing America Staff
October 17, 2012

A teacher reads to students at an elementary school in Walla Walla, Washington (Dick_Morgan/Flickr). A teacher reads to students at an elementary school in Walla Walla, Washington (Dick_Morgan/Flickr).


On October 15, the Renewing America initiative hosted the BBC’s The World Tonight radio program at CFR in Washington for a special event, “American Decline or Economic Renewal?,” which was broadcast as part of The World Tonight’s program, “Rebuilding America.” Panel members discussed issues highlighted by CFR’s Renewing America initiative including education, innovation, and the state of U.S. infrastructure, as well as the ability of the U.S. political system to address these challenges.

The World Tonight’s Robin Lustig presided, and panelists included CFR’s Edward Alden; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and formerly the chief economic advisor to Senator John McCain during his 2008 presidential run; Andrew Stern, the Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow at the Richman Center at Columbia University and the former president of the Service Employees International Union; and Jennifer Hillman, a Transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund and former member of the WTO Appellate Body.

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