World Affairs Council of Maine connects our state and the world by
engaging and educating people of all ages to become global citizens.
Through the generosity of its members,
the World Affairs Council of Maine provides opportunities for members to get together over a meal and discuss a Great Decisions topic. Please join us!
Great Decisions Member DinnerTrade, Jobs and Politics
The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand. Discussion facilitated by Clifford Gilpin.