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UPCOMING 36TH ANNUAL CAMDEN CONFERENCE

Global Trade and Politics:
Managing Turbulence

February 17-19, 2023

Live from the Camden Opera House, the 36th Camden Conference will highlight the importance of global commerce and how it impacts our everyday lives. Speakers will explore alternative ways in which the interdependence of commerce, global politics and national security could be successfully managed for both competition and cooperation.  

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SPEAKERS

UK. London. 12th January 2018
Andrew Testa for the New York Times

Peter Goodman

Keynote Speaker

Peter S. Goodman is the global economics correspondent for The New York Times, based in New York. 

Over the course of three decades in journalism, Mr. Goodman has covered some of the most momentous economic transformations and upheavals – the global financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, as the Times’ New York-based national economic correspondent; the emergence of China into a global superpower as the Shanghai bureau chief for The Washington Post; the dot-com bubble as a technology reporter based in Washington. During a five-year stint in London for the Times, he wrote about Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, and the catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Mr. Goodman has reported from more than 40 countries, including stints in conflict zones such as Iraq, Cambodia, Sudan and East Timor.

He has been recognized with some of journalism’s top honors, including two Gerald Loeb awards, and seven prizes from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. His work as part of the Times’ series on the roots of the 2008 financial crisis was a finalist for the Pulitzer.

He is the author two books, the best-selling DAVOS MAN: How the Billionaires Devoured the World (2022), a National Public Radio Best Book of the Year, and PAST DUE: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy (2009), which was named one of Bloomberg’s top 50 business titles. 

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David Brancaccio

Moderator

David Brancaccio is Host and Senior Editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. Most recently, his reporting has focused on ecosystems of innovation drawing on the 75th anniversary of the semiconductor revolution. He also covers regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, digital privacy, sustainability, and social enterprises.  His work has earned some of the highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy and the Walter Cronkite awards. 

Mr. Brancaccio anchored the award-winning public television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. He is author of Squandering Aimlessly, a book about personal values and money.  He is producing a feature-length documentary film about the intersection of art and science focusing on an exiled American rocket pioneer who founded the enduring science and art journal Leonardo.  Mr. Brancaccio has degrees from Wesleyan and Stanford Universities.  He grew up in Waterville, Maine and attended schools in Madagascar, Ghana and Italy.  He enjoys bicycling, rocketry, and photography.

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Agenda 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

7:30 pm
WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

KARIN LOOK
President, Camden Conference


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Is Globalization Over? (Spoiler: No)

PETER S. GOODMAN
Global Economics Correspondent
The New York Times


Discussion and Questions


9:00 pm  ADJOURN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

8:45 am
PREVIEW OF CONFERENCE SESSIONS

DAVID BRANCACCIO
Host, Marketplace Morning Report
American Public Media


The Politics of Trade: How Did We Get to Where We Are Today?

DOUGLAS IRWIN

John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College


Discussion and Questions


10:00-10:30 am BREAK


10:30 am

What Future for Globalization?

CAROLINE FREUND
Dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego


People Who Live in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones: Norm Violation in Trade Policy

SIMON EVENETT
Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen, and Founder of the Global Trade Alert


Discussion and Questions


12-1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30 pm

From Rules-Based to Security-Oriented Trade Governance

MARK WU
Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School


Will India Become an Economic Superpower and a Happy Nation at 100?

AJAY CHHIBBER
Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute for International Economic Policy, Georgetown University, and Senior Professor, Indian Council for Research on India’s Economic Relations, New Delhi, India


2:45 – 3:15 pm BREAK


3:15 pm

The Enduring Economic and Political Consequences of the China Trade Shock

DAVID AUTOR
Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Six Horsepersons of the Apocalypse and One Effort to Rein Them In

PAUL SOLMAN
Journalist and Host of “Making $ense,” on The PBS NewsHour


Discussion and Questions


4:30 pm  ADJOURN

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19

8:45 am
How Do We Get to an Inclusive and Sustainable Trading System Fit for the 21st Century?

JENNIFER HILLMAN
Professor of Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Fellow of the University’s Institute of International Economic Law


The Changing Politics of Global Trade: Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

JOHN E. SUNUNU
Member of the Boards of Directors of Boston Scientific and Lloyds of London and Former United States Senator and Congressman from New Hampshire


10:30 – 11:00 am BREAK


11:00 am  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
KARIN LOOK
President, Camden Conference


PANEL OF ALL THE SPEAKERS


12:30 pm  ADJOURN

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Suggested Readings

Baldwin, Richard. The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization. Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 2019. (344 pages)

The new globalization is driven by knowledge crossing borders, not just goods, and its impact is more sudden, more individual, more unpredictable and less controllable; presents challenges to nations as they struggle to maintain reliable growth and social cohesion.

 

Bernanke, Ben S. 21st Century Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve from the Great Inflation to COVID-19. W. W. Norton & Company, 2022. (512 pages)

An explanation of the Federal Reserve’s evolution and speculation about its future.

Bernstein, William J. A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World. Grove Press, 2009. (496 Pages)

A sweeping narrative of world trade, from 3000 BC to globalization.

Bigelow, Bill and Bob Peterson. Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World. Rethinking Schools Press, 2002. (402 pages).

Globalization and the social justice issues that are embedded in it, such as child labor, sweatshops, global warming, etc.

Blas, Javier and Jack Farchy. The World for Sale: Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources. Random House Business, 2020. (302 pages)

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