The three countries that cover almost 90 percent of North America – the United States, Canada and Mexico – are economically very closely intertwined. The U.S. has the dominant position. It is the world’s largest economy and strongest military power. Shielded by oceans to the east and west, it projects influence globally. The continent is so rich in natural resources that it is practically self-sufficient.
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Leadership Challenges 2020: The U.S. is set to retain its strength as a global leader
Despite deepening political discord on the federal level and structural problems such as growing public debt and entitlements cost, the U.S. can rely on the strengths of its democratic institutions, its innovative and wealth-generating economy, an active civil society and an unparalleled military to play a dominating global role in the near and mid-term perspective.