US Geoeconomic Trends and Challenges

The US and the Americas Programme provides insights into key US economic and trade positions and policy initiatives, and their likely impact on America’s international role.

Visitors during the first day of the China International Import Exposition in Shanghai, China, on 6 November 2018.

Understanding the direction and strength of the US economy is vital for analysing the ability and willingness of the US to act globally.

Building on the US and European Perspectives on Common Economic Challenges speaker series started in 2013, work in this area is led by US Geoeconomics Fellow Marianne Schneider-Petsinger and includes projects focusing on:

Analysing the strategic implications of US trade policy

The programme produces in-depth analysis of the strategic dimensions of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These trade initiatives serve as US foreign policy tools to bolster America’s partners, help maintain western leadership in the international economic space and have consequences for the global architecture governing trade and the economy.

The programme also offers a platform for informed discussions with leading trade policymakers such as Ambassador Michael Froman (United States Trade Representative) under President Obama.

Understanding America’s economic future

America’s international strength hinges upon its robust economy and vibrant society. Slowing growth, rising inequality and economic uncertainty threaten to undermine this. Our work explores the economic challenges facing the US and how they can best be addressed, how US domestic economic developments affect the country’s international engagement, and how effective the US is in using the various tools for geoeconomic statecraft.

Bridging US and European perspectives on common economic challenges

We explore global economic issues of mutual concern by hosting breakfast roundtables in London and New York, which bring together senior representatives of business, government, media, NGOs and academia from both sides of the Atlantic.

Recent speakers have included Peter Orzag (director of the US Office of Management and Budget (2009–10)), Martin Wolf (chief economics commentator at the Financial Times) and Paul Volcker (chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979–87)).