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Editor’s Notes

Wow!  We had a blockbuster lecture on Nov. 12!  Dr. William Tobey analyzed the pros and cons of the nuclear arms deal that has recently been agreed upon with Iran.  One of our largest audiences ever learned the strengths, weaknesses and likely outcomes of this complex and critically important agreement.  An audio track of the lecture will be posted shortly.



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Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

Dr. John Deni: Beyond Crimea: The Future of Western Relations With Russia

Dr. Evan Ellis: Chinese Engagement With Latin America

Dr. Yale Ferguson: Turkey and the EU: The Context Changes Again

Dr. Mathew Kroenig - Time to Attack Iran?

Mr. Steven Cass - Gulfstream Aerospace and The World

Mr. Sadanand Dhoume - Rebooting U.S. India Relations

Dr. Stephen Blank - Putting Russia and the Ukraine in Context

Dr. Robert J. Bunker - The Dark Side of Globalization

Dr. Hal Brands - What Good is Grand Strategy?

Dr. Kevin Spooner - Partners Nevertheless Canadian American Relations Past and Present

Ms. Terry Smith-Labat, From Tall Ships to the Digital Economy

Mr. Frank Calzon, Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration

Dr. Raul Madrid, The Origins of the Two Lefts in Latin America

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, U.S. Higher Education Goes Global

Ms. Susan R. Johnson, The Demands of Contemporary Diplomacy

Dr. Michael Kraft, "Global Environmental Challenges"

Dr. Sean Lynn-Jones, "Why the United States Should Spread Democracy"

Dr. Marc Lynch, "Understanding Muslim Societies"

Sir James R. Mancham, "The Geo-Political Situation in the Indian Ocean"

Ms. Farah Stockman, "American Exceptionalism: Tales of a Journalist's Adventures in Kenya, Afghanistan and Iran"

Dr. Javier Corrales, "How 'Participatory Cancer' is affecting Venezuela and Beyond."  Click here.

Dr. Michael Baun,  "The Euro Zone Debt Crisis and the EU."  Click here.

Thomas Garret and Leslie Campbell, "The Arab Spring One Year Later:  Prospects for Democracy." Click here.

Lt. Col. Zumwalt,  "Bare Feet, Iron Will."  Click here.

Werner Fornos, "The One Billion Food Crisis." Click here.

If you do listen to the audio please let us know (via the Contact Us option) if the experience was satisfactory.



Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement | Print |  E-mail



Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Emil Friberg (top) and Michael Simon

Southeast Asia is a growing economic power. The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a combined GDP of about $2.5 trillion and population of about 620 million. Through ASEAN, these countries are seeking to further integrate their economies and create an economic community by the end of 2015. Combined, the 10 ASEAN nations would constitute the 7th largest economy in the world.
Both the United States and China seek to expand their economic engagement in Southeast Asia. In 2011, President Obama announced a renewed focus, known as the rebalance, on the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014, in response to a congressional mandate, the U.S. Department of State and USAID issued a 5-year strategy for the rebalance. The strategy seeks, among other things, to increase economic growth and trade in the Asia-Pacific and to strengthen regional organizations such as ASEAN. In 2013, China proposed an ASEAN-China cooperation framework designed to build political consensus on deepening their relationship and focused on economic development and mutual benefits.
In August 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, reported to the Chair of the House Small Business Committee and the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on: (1) available data about U.S. and Chinese trade and investment with ASEAN countries and (2) actions the U.S. and Chinese governments have taken to further economic engagement with these countries.
This presentation will summarize findings from GAO’s report Southeast Asia: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement. The full report is publicly available at no charge at: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-724.
Dr. Emil Friberg is an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC. He manages teams that report to Congress on government perations, programs, and policies. His areas of reporting include trade, foreign economic assistance, and U.S. territorial polices. Recent report topics include: U.S. and Chinese economic engagement in Southeast Asia, Haiti reconstruction, and U.S. assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Emil received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Michael Simon is a Senior Analyst at the GAO and has managed teams reporting on U.S. foreign and economic assistance programs, defense security assistance, the operations of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and U.S. territorial policies. Michael received a Master’s Degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland.


Upcoming Programs

Feb. 18, 2016 - Paulo Sotero, Wilson Center Director of the Brazilian Studies Center

Mar. 10, 2016 - Ben Leo, Senior Fellow, Director of Rethinking US Development Policy, Center for Global Development

Apr. 21, 2016 - TBA

May 12, 2016 - Monica de Bolle, Peterson Institute for International Economics








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