From the days of Alexander Hamilton to the trade wars of Donald Trump, trade policy has been a key instrument of American power and wealth. The open trading system that the United States sponsored after the Second World War serves U.S. interests by promoting cooperation and prosperity, but also allows the allies to become more independent and China to rise. Trade and American Leadership places special emphasis on today's challenges, and the rising danger of economic nationalism.
Craig VanGrasstek has been a trade consultant since 1982, working in over four dozen countries on five continents. His clients include government agencies, corporations, and such international organizations as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. He has taught international relations at the American University (1994-2001), trade policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2000-present), and literature at Georgetown University (2006-2009).
WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.