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Edward Alden

Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, specializing in U.S. competitiveness. His expertise includes U.S. immigration and visa policies, U.S. trade policy and the impact of homeland security policies on U.S. economic competitiveness.

His book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy was published by the Council on Foreign Relations in October 2016.

Before joining the Council, Mr. Alden was the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, writing on U.S. economic issues, trade policy and homeland security.

Mr. Alden was also a senior reporter with the Vancouver Sun specializing in labor and employment issues and the managing editor of the newsletter Inside US Trade, widely recognized as the leading source of reporting on U.S. trade policies. He has won several national and international awards for his reporting.

Mr. Alden has done numerous TV and radio appearances as an analyst on political and economic issues, including the PBS Newshour, McLaughlin Group, NPR, the BBC, CNN and MSNBC.

Mr. Alden holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.

He was the winner of numerous academic awards, including a Mellon fellowship in the humanities and a MacArthur Foundation graduate fellowship.

Articles by Edward Alden

America’s Home-Made Raw Deal for Workers

Successive U.S. administrations have said the right things on helping workers deal with globalization, but not acted.

December 5, 2016

Protectionism — The Dog That Didn’t Bark

Why have U.S. policymakers not looked at protectionism as an option to recover jobs after the crisis?

March 16, 2010

The Price of Security

Are border regulations deterring people from visiting the United States?

September 25, 2008

The Closing of the American Border

How is the United States treating its foreign visitors?

September 24, 2008