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Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

Building on NBR’s reputation for high-impact, high-trust programming, the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy will provide ongoing outreach to leaders from both industry and policy, especially on Capitol Hill. The mission of the Center is to invigorate the U.S. economy through smart trade that spurs innovation, creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and strengthens U.S. security and diplomatic relations by informing and empowering decision-makers in government, business, and the wider policy milieu. The Center will provide reports and trusted counsel that builds on personal relationships and independent research that is of the highest quality—"above the fray" work that frames, maps pros and cons, measures impacts, and supports better-informed policymaking.

Key research priorities in 2017 include:

Risk in a New Global Environment: Assess key geopolitical, diplomatic, economic, and environmental factors that will shape, test, and affect strategic outlooks in the Asia-Pacific.

Innovative Asia: Explore critical questions related to how to strengthen environments for investment, market innovation, and public health in Asian economies and identify strategic, economic, and diplomatic recommendations for promoting rising levels of shared prosperity.

Global Protection of Trade Secrets: Create a platform for crafting, testing, and advancing new strategies to protect trade secrets, with a particular emphasis on the development of national best practices.

NAFTA Revisited: Highlight key opportunities, challenges, and strategic uncertainties facing decision-makers engaged in the NAFTA renegotiations.

Digital Trade: Identify and advance key strategic and economic priorities for developing a new, 21st-century trade agenda, with a particular focus on issues for digital trade, including cross-border data flows and cybersecurity protections.

Multilateral and Bilateral Trade: Harness data and analysis to better assess the impacts of trade, including the outcomes of the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue.

Toward a Foreign Economic Policy: Convene experts and conduct research toward developing a forward-looking U.S. foreign economic policy that leverages traditional American strengths and seeks to expand U.S. leadership and engagement.

Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission): Continue the research of the IP Commission (whose work the Center integrates and manages) to inform the U.S. administration about the scale and scope of the loss of IP as well as recommending courses of action to remedy the situation; work with allies and like-minded partners in Europe and Asia to share best practices and end ongoing loss of IP.


For more information, please contact:

Ashley Dutta
Senior Director,
Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy


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The extent to which a country invests in innovation can be a critical measure of its ability to bolster economic growth as well as address emerging societal and public health challenges. With this in mind, NBR’s “Innovative Asia” initiative explores recommendations for how to strengthen innovation environments in Asia. In 2017, this initiative focuses on two countries – Japan and South Korea – and their efforts to develop sustainable healthcare systems that promote rising levels of public health and contribute to economic growth.

Chinese Government Support for New Energy Vehicles as a Trade Battleground

Marika Heller (Crumpton Group) examines China's policies supporting the development of new energy vehicles and their impact on foreign auto firms operating within China. She argues that a trade crisis between the United States and China could stem from the auto industry.

New Collaborative Approaches to IP Protection

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How Can Japan Compete in a Changing Global Market?

To address the question of how Japan can compete in a changing global market, NBR convened an intimate roundtable discussion with senior experts Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy) and Toshikazu Okuya (Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), along with other researchers, industry experts, and policy practitioners from the Asia-Pacific. Participants were asked to assess the factors influencing Japan’s overall economic profile and the decision points facing leaders on how to strengthen the country’s trade and economic policies. This report outlines the major findings of this roundtable.

Preventing Trade in Secrets – Strategies for IP Protection in Global Markets

Trade secret theft in Asia and around the world costs industry billions of dollars every year. NBR spoke with Pamela Passman, president and CEO and a member of the NBR Board of Directors, about how to better understand this growing problem and identify solutions for companies and governments.

NBR is pleased to announce former Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD, as the inaugural chair holder of the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD, retired from the U.S. Congress after serving from 2005 to 2017. During his tenure, he served on the House Ways and Means Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Oversight, the Subcommittee on Human Resources, and the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. He was also a senior member of the Subcommittee on Trade. Congressman Boustany was an acknowledged leader in the areas of trade policy, international tax policy, energy policy, and foreign policy in the U.S. House of Representatives. He co-chaired the U.S.-China Working Group, the U.S.-Japan Caucus, and the Friends of TPP Caucus. Congressman Boustany was a very early promoter of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas and crude oil.

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