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.