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John Austin

Regional Inequality Looms as Pressing Threat to Democracy

In the News
National Interest
Coauthors

A group of experts, including the Council's John Austin, Brian Hanson, and Alex Hitch explain why now is the time to rise to a new political, economic, and social challenge rooted in growing regional inequalities.

President Biden speaks with Midwest Leaders
The White House
Global Cities

Exposed: US Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Grew During the Pandemic Era

In the News
The National Interest
John Austin

President Biden has options to address this national security concern, the Council's John Austin argues.

Biden at a supply chain meeting
REUTERS
Global Economy, Trade and Business

America Needs Healthy Supply Chains with Allies

In the News
The Detroit News
John Austin

John Austin and Elaine Dezenski discuss ally-shoring as a means of getting to more US-based production.

boat
US Foreign Policy

Imperiled Higher Education Institutions Key to State's Future

In the News
Crain's Detroit
John Austin

The Midwest's colleges and universities are central to community economic renewal and COVID-19 recovery, a revival put at risk by recent fiscal, demographic and short-sighted public policy headwinds.

Global Cities

How a Biden Infrastructure Reboot can Power Midwest’s Economic Recovery

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Coauthors

If Biden and a new Congress deliver a long overdue (and now urgent) infrastructure agenda focused on sustainability, equity and a clean energy future for the United States, it can both reinvigorate the Midwest and support national economic growth.

Dayton, Ohio in the summer
Hans Jurgen
Global Cities

How to (Finally) Defeat Populism

In the News
Foreign Policy
Coauthors

Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability.

Railway workers in Iran
Javad Esmaeili
Global Politics

Secure US Supply Chains With Allies, and Move Out of China

In the News
Barron's
Coauthors

The Biden Administration should focus on "ally-shoring" to rebuild supply chains and box out actors like China and Russia.

shipping containers stacked together
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Economic Divisions are Driving Political Ones

In the News
Politico
John Austin

John Austin contributes to Politico's collection of essays titled What Trump Showed Us About America.

Street art
Annie Spratt
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Deliver for the Heartland, Help Close the Divide

In the News
Newsweek
John Austin

John Austin and Paul Schickler discuss the divide between rural and urban economic opportunities.

Derick McKinney
Global Economy, Trade and Business

The best medicine for a COVID-19 economy? More education and training

In the News
The Hill
John Austin

In many of the new and growing jobs, higher skill requirements can best be met by providing workers with more extensive and affordable post-secondary education opportunities.

A person with long hair, wearing a graduation cap, stands with their back to the camera
Global Economy, Trade and Business