Edward Alden Biography
Edward Alden is an American journalist, author, and the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He specializes in U.S. economic competitiveness, U.S. trade policy, and visa and immigration policy. Alden is the author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize, and Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy.
Edward Alden Age
Edward was born in 1961 in Schenectady, New York. He is 60 years old.
Edward Alden Parents
Edward was born in Schenectady, New York, and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has never disclosed any information regarding his parents and siblings. Alden has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.
He earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued doctoral studies before returning to a journalism career. Alden is the winner of numerous academic awards, including a Mellon fellowship in the humanities and a MacArthur Foundation graduate fellowship.
Alden is currently the Ross Distinguished Professor in Business and Economics at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington
Edward Alden Wife
Edward lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Edward Alden Bernard L. Schwartz
Edward is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, and immigration policy.
He is the author of the book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining, education, and infrastructure.
Alden was most recently the project director of a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force, co-chaired by former Michigan Governor John Engler and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, which produced the report The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century.
In 2011, he was the project codirector of the Independent Task Force which produced the U.S. Trade and Investment Policy. And in 2009, he was the project director of the Independent Task Force which produced U.S. Immigration Policy.
Alden’s previous book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, was a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize, for narrative nonfiction, in 2009. The jury called Alden’s book “a masterful job of comprehensive reporting, fair-minded analysis, and structurally sound argumentation.”
Edward Alden Journalist
Alden was previously the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and prior to that was the newspaper’s Canada bureau chief, based in Toronto.
He worked as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun and was the managing editor of the newsletter Inside U.S. Trade, widely recognized as a leading source of reporting on U.S. trade policies. Alden has won several national and international awards for his reporting.
He has made numerous TV and radio appearances as an analyst on political and economic issues, including on BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS NewsHour. His work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Edward Alden Books
Edward’s first book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security since 9/11 (2008) was a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize.” The judges wrote, “Exceptional journalism is required to take immigration — a neglected sideshow in the nation’s globe-girdling response to the September 11 attacks — and make the topic as evocative of America’s misplaced values as the Iraq War and the tolerance for torture.”
Alden returned the next year, in 2010, as a judge for the prize. Alden’s other books include U.S. Immigration Policy(2009), written with Jeb Bush and Thomas F. McLarty; U.S Trade and Investment Policy(2011), written with Andrew Card, Matthew J. Slaughter, and Thomas Daschle; and How America Stacks Up: Economic Competitiveness and U.S. Policy(2016) with Rebecca Strauss.
Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy was published on October 20, 2016. The book provides a “constructive analysis of the origins of opposition to economic openness that charts a viable path forward.”