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As the 21st century progresses, it is evident that artificial intelligence will be one of the defining factors in the race for global technological supremacy. As Russian President Vladimir Putin stated, “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere [AI] will be the ruler of the world.” Many other nations share some version of this belief, and it is up to world powers such as the United States to innovate quickly and responsibly to stay ahead of this pacing threat.

This report examines the state of AI policy in four leading nations and describes what the United States must do to claim its spot as the global AI leader.