people seem to understand the world better in theory than in practice. These people often have a powerful influence,” he stated. In comparison, STEP is looking less in theory and more in fact about what the rest of the world is doing.

The National Academies also is interested in expanding mutual cooperation. “With almost everything we need to do to make the 21st century a more prosperous century, safer century, and more environmentally friendly century, China and the United States must work together,” he said.

Dr. Wessner noted that this conference was organized with the assistance of Cisco Systems Inc. He also thanked the program’s other sponsors. They include International Business Machine, Intel, the Palo Alto Research Center, Sandia National Laboratories, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation. He offered special thanks to Patrick Keating, Cisco’s director of worldwide leadership education, “whose leadership and common sense have done a great deal to make this program possible.”

Dr. Wessner then introduced the keynote speaker, Ambassador Alan William Wolff, a former U.S. trade ambassador and chairman of the Committee on Comparative National Innovation Policies. Ambassador Wolff also is a research professor at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and counsel at the Washington law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.

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