The 25th annual Camden Conference, The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What it Takes?, took place on February 17-19. The second half of the twentieth century was a time of almost nonstop American ascendancy. In many ways, we are still ahead of much of the rest of the world, but storm clouds are gathering. We have become the world’s largest debtor nation. Our education system is producing students who rank just average, or even below, among other nations. Popular approval of our federal elected officials is at a record low, and the citizenry generally believes that Washington is broken and incapable of dealing with the series issues we face. Do we have what it takes for the twenty-first century? The 2012 Camden Conference takes an introspective look at US competitiveness in a rapidly changing global environment, along with our multiple domestic challenges–economic, political and social.
Do We Have What it Takes?
The Challenging Furture of America
Pete du Pont
What America Makes Will Make America
Clyde Prestowitz, Jr.
Reinventing Fire: A Business-Led Clean Energy Solution for Security and Prosperity
A Country Adrift: The United States to 2050
Beyond Risk and Threat: The Need for a National Strategic Narrative
Wayne Porter and Mark Mykleby
America’s Future Global Challenges
US Education in Global Context
The Facebook Revolutions: How Arab Activists Used American Technology to Change the Middle East
Final Panel Discussion