More than the previous 15 years, a powerful bipartisan consensus—especially in the U.S. Congress—has emerged to advance and help U.S. leadership on worldwide improvement as a crucial pillar of U.S. foreign policy. 2020 presidential and congressional candidates are taking the field and hunting for themes that will galvanize their campaigns in 2019.

Regardless of which political stripes win at the ballot box, the president and Congress taking workplace in January 2021 will be faced with old constraints and new possibilities. In the improvement arena, difficulties that are drawing interest involve the expanding prevalence of state fragility and violence, climate alter, the unprecedented level of refugee populations, China’s entry as a big improvement actor, and how to address improvement difficulties such as education, youth, women’s empowerment, sustainable infrastructure, and job-friendly development.

The 16th Brookings Blum Roundtable will contemplate what narrative and sensible proposals will not only preserve present levels of U.S. improvement leadership and investments, which have remained static in current years, but respond appropriately to increasing worldwide challenges. Ahead of the roundtable, Brookings commissioned eight briefs to set the scene for discussion.