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Congress’s Job Training Overhaul: A Modest Step in the Right Direction

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
Ironworker apprentices welding skills Wheeling West Virginia Ironworker apprentices (L-R) Ian Welshhans, Daniel Truax and Jason Taylor practice their welding skills during a class at the Ironworkers Local 549 training facility in Wheeling, West Virginia (Jason Cohn/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations studies program.

Any bill that receives the support of both Ted Cruz and Harry Reid is notable in its own right. When that bill takes steps to streamline the complex web of U.S. worker training programs, it is a genuine achievement for a Congress that gridlocks on even the most mundane tasks. Read more »

How to Fill the Skills Gap: Bring Back Apprenticeships

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
Yaun Smith, a senior, talks about his class's assembly line to make a s’more as a class project as part of the Project Lead the Way class at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters). Yaun Smith, a senior, talks about his class's assembly line to make a s’more as a class project as part of the Project Lead the Way class at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations studies program.

Manufacturing is growing in the United States, but many companies claim that they face a “skills gap.” These companies have unfilled vacancies, but say that unemployed workers and recent high school graduates do not have the technical knowledge needed to fill them. Read more »

After Two Decades, American Trade May Finally Get a Needed Upgrade

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
China Shipping containers lie on the dock after being imported to the U.S. in Los Angeles (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters). China Shipping containers lie on the dock after being imported to the U.S. in Los Angeles (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.

In 1989 the government of Singapore launched an innovative improvement to its trade infrastructure. The project, known as TradeNet, was a “single window” system that allowed exporters and importers to file trade documents and pay government fees through an electronic one-stop shop. Read more »

How Obama’s NSA Reforms Could Help TTIP

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
A mobile phone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to a tablet computer showing the logo of the United Staes' National Security Agency (NSA) is seen in this multiple exposure picture illustration (Kai Pfaffenbach/Courtesy Reuters). A mobile phone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to a tablet computer showing the logo of the United Staes' National Security Agency (NSA) is seen in this multiple exposure picture illustration (Kai Pfaffenbach/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.

On Friday President Obama will unveil his plan to curb the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA). When he does, he could inadvertently give a boost to the ambitious U.S.-European Union free trade negotiations. Read more »

Why We Don’t Have the Aviation Infrastructure We Need…and What to Do About It

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
An American Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California (Patrick T. Fallon/Courtesy Reuters). An American Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California (Patrick T. Fallon/Courtesy Reuters).

The following post was written by Greg Principato, who was President of Airports Council International–North America, the trade association representing U.S. and Canadian airports, from 2005-2013. He was also Executive Director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry (Clinton Administration) and a member of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee (George W. Bush Administration). Read more »

Washington’s Gridlock and Foreign Investment

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
A 100 yuan banknote is placed next to $100 banknotes (Petar Kujundzic/Courtesy Reuters). A 100 yuan banknote is placed next to $100 banknotes (Petar Kujundzic/Courtesy Reuters).

Thilo Hanemann is Research Director at the Rhodium Group, an economic research firm based in New York. Jacob Kirkegaard is leader of Rhodium Group’s advanced economies practice and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Read more »

Guest Post: Lessons from Abroad for U.S. Education

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
A woman is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters). A woman is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

The following guest post was written by Curtis Valentine, a CFR Term Member and a 2013-2014 International Affairs Fellow (IAF). Curtis will be posted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International Affairs as a Resident Fellow for a portion of his IAF.   Read more »

National Security and National Unity: A Case for Compulsory Service

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
A student from Boston College volunteers at Ellis Memorial Center (supportunitedway/Flickr). A student from Boston College volunteers at Ellis Memorial Center (supportunitedway/Flickr).

This guest post is by Curtis Valentine, a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (South Africa 2001-2003)

The continuous debates over domestic issues like immigration, education, the economy, and healthcare reveal what most of us already know: America is divided politically and economically. The results of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections suggest that most of us live amongst like-minded individuals. The disparity in income in America is among the highest of any developed country. A program of mandatory national service could help to bridge those divides, build greater unity, while putting millions of young people to work on the growing number of domestic challenges that compromise our economic and military competitiveness around the world. Read more »

Guest Post: Ralls vs. CFIUS: What Are the Implications for Chinese Investment?

by Guest Blogger for Edward Alden
Windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters). Windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters).

The following is a guest post by two of the leading experts on Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States, and on the U.S. government’s investment review process. Thilo Hanemann is Research Director at the Rhodium Group, an economic research firm based in New York, and Daniel Rosen is China Practice Leader at Rhodium and a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Read more »