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Time to Start Thinking: America and the spectre of decline


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Speaker(s): Edward Luce
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

Recorded on 15 October 2012 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

As it stands, the US faces new countries on the ascendant that will compete with it ever more fiercely as its own power is declining. The US must change paths domestically, economically and internationally if it hopes to slow this steady loss of power. It must also restructure to remain the world's most competitive economy. And it must address quality of life issues and fairness at home.

But American politics is broken -- competing forces and interests have led to stasis. With change so hard, what now for a country where the middle classes are suffering as they have never suffered before, the pensions crisis is growing, the deficit out of sight, and radicalism waiting in the wings?

Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.

Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller. His new book is entitled Time To Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline.

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