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US Role in Global Economy Topic of IBC Lecture at TAMIU April 5 Posted: 3/23/17

US Role in Global Economy Topic of IBC Lecture at TAMIU April 5


Global economy
How do we compete in the global marketplace?  

Expert on trade, immigration and borders and author, Edward Alden, is the featured speaker at the next installment of the International Bank of Commerce 2017 Keynote Speaker Series at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 in the Student Center ballroom.

            A reception will start at 7 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.

            Admission is free and open to the public.

Alden’s lecture, “Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy,” is based on his book of the same name. “Failure to Adjust” is the story of what went wrong when the U.S. failed to prosper in the face of growing global economic competition, and what to do to correct the course.

Alden’s book is a compelling history of the last four decades of U.S. economic and trade policies that have left Americans unable to adapt to or compete in the current global marketplace. Despite the challenges, Alden states that there is achievable common ground on such issues as fostering innovation, overhauling tax rules to encourage investment in the U.S., boosting graduation rates, investing in infrastructure and streamlining regulations. He argues that the federal government must be more like state governments in embracing economic competitiveness as a central function of government.

Currently the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Alden is also the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper, “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.”

Alden’s previous book, “The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11,” was a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize, for narrative nonfiction, in 2009. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and prior to that was the newspaper’s Canada bureau chief, based in Toronto. He worked as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun and was the managing editor of the newsletter Inside U.S. Trade, widely recognized as a leading source of reporting on U.S. trade policies. 

He won several national and international awards for his reporting and has done numerous TV and radio appearances as an analyst on political and economic issues.

Alden earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued doctoral studies before returning to a journalism career. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia. Alden was the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Mellon fellowship in the humanities and a MacArthur Foundation graduate fellowship.

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 326.2820 or or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

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