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China's Renminbi is the 21st Century's U.S. Dollar

Polaris-Live with Sarwar Kashmeri


Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

12 - 12:30 PM EST


"Headlines say: Chinese economy expands 4.9% in third quarter; Beijing’s first bond offer to U.S. investors draws record demand; Chinese imports hit record dollar amount in September 2020; FTSE give China bonds green light for influential Index. Join Sarwar Kashmeri and George Magnus as they unpack the meaning of these developments for the U.S., China, and the EU. The video will be available on the Polaris-Live playlist on Sarwar Kashmeri’s You Tube channel after the live conversation."

With George Magnus, Research Associate China Centre, Oxford University, and School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and host Sarwar Kashmeri.

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Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World: Fareed Zakaria In Conversation With Andrew Ross Sorkin

WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and WAC Orange County


Thursday, October 29th, 2020

7 - 8 PM EST

FREE, or Exclusive Q&A with Book Purchase

"Amid our struggle with the existential crisis of a pandemic, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria turns his attention to the post-COVID 19 world. He predicts that the political, social, technological and economic consequences 'will take years to unfold.' In our Council program Zakaria is joined by Andrew Ross Sorkin for a conversation about the economic after effects and what Zakaria calls 'an emerging bipolar world order.'

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN and is a columnist for the Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and the author of three highly-regarded bestselling books. Fareed Zakaria GPS earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy Award nomination in 2013. Prior to his tenure at CNN, Zakaria was editor of Newsweek International and managing editor of Foreign Affairs.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for the New York Times, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box and founder and editor at large of the Times news site DealBook. The HBO adaptation of Sorkin’s best-selling book “Too Big to Fail,” which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis, was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. He is also co-creator of Showtime’s drama series Billions. He has is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations."

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Economic Recovery for a Post-Pandemic Nation

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall


Monday, November 2nd, 2020

2 - 3 PM EST


"Please join us as we welcome Former Treasury Secretary and leading economist, Lawrence H. Summers for a livestream conversation on United States post-pandemic economic recovery. Along with serving as the 71st Secretary of  the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, Dr. Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank.

The coronavirus pandemic brought global economic shock. As the end of 2020 approaches, what can Americans expect for post-pandemic economic recovery? Dr. Lawrence H. Summers will tackle this question, in conversation with U.S. Bank Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management Managing Director Bill Dolan. The discussion will first address how US markets have shifted over the course of the pandemic due to the stay-at-home orders, high unemployment, and the federal stimulus bills. It will also analyze the challenges to recovery, both domestically with the presidential election and internationally with increasing hostility between the US and China. Finally, Dr. Summers will address what is needed structurally for the nation’s economy to recover, and what we can expect to see within domestic and international markets once the pandemic is over."

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Will the Nordic Model Survive?

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head


Friday, November 6th, 2020

10 - 11:30 AM EST


"Words like cooperation, consensus, and compromise are keywords in our Nordic tradition. But also openness, social justice, equal rights and opportunities are core values for the whole society. These countries combine social safety and strong individualism at the same time. The private sector, the public sector, and NGOs have worked together on these values. 

This is interesting to look at in a political context where conflict and differences are the new mantras. Globally, it seems like it’s better to find ways to disagree rather to find common ground. It seems better to talk about what divides us rather than what’s bringing us together; it’s very much about right or wrong. Of course, these tendencies also reach the Nordic countries. The last financial crisis, globalization, digitalization, and also a big migration to Europe are challenging for the region. A lot of people feel that things are getting worse when facts show the opposite. 

So the question is: will it be possible for the Nordic countries to use their historically strong position of values and development to meet all these challenges? There’s a debate about if these common values of equal rights, free trade, and a market economy are right for the future. So, is it possible to meet these challenges with new answers, and who are the main actors?"

Featuring Maud Olaffsonformer Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden (2006-2010) and Minister for Enterprise and Energy of Sweden. She is also a former party leader for the Swedish Centre Party.

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World Affairs Discussion Group

Mondays 4 PM - 5 PM

Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Are you fascinated by international affairs and the world of foreign policy? If so, please join Library Director Steve Butzel and a group of your peers in the Hilton Garden Inn Room on Mondays to discuss two topics that are voted on in advance by the group. 

If you plan on attending and would like to vote on the week's possible topics, send our Director an email at skbutzel@cityofportsmouth, and he will send you a link to the webpage where you can vote. The list of topics is posted each Wednesday afternoon and voting concludes that Friday afternoon. At that point, the Director will send out an email to the group letting them know the two selected topics, and a list of links to suggested articles.

Where do we get our possible topics and a set of suggested articles from each week? From the World Affairs Council of America's Weekly World News Update webpage.

For more information, contact our director, skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com.

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