Monday, February 26
5:15 PM Reception
6:00 PM Speaker
Location: The Citadel Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston, SC
Topic: The North American Free Trade Agreement, A Major Target for the President – What has NAFTA Accomplished; Why Challenge it; and What are the Stakes for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico?
Speaker: Nate Olson, Director of the Trade in the 21st Century Program at the Stimson Center in Washington. Nate Olson is an expert on all aspects of global trade with considerable experience in engagement with the U.S. and foreign governments, the private sector, and non-governmental and international organizations. He is a graduate of Centre College and Oxford University. He has been active with Congressional committees, the National Security Council, trade groups, lobbyists, and others in Washington, and as a media commentator on trade issues.
Description: Inaugurated in 1994, NAFTA led to significant integration of the American, Canadian, and Mexican economies by removing tariffs and other barriers to economic activity among the three countries. Many industries have significantly benefited but other sections have been adversely affect in the U.S. President Trump seeks to renegotiate NAFTA which could overturn many cross-border links that underpin industries such as automobiles and agriculture and affect powerful interests.
Nate Olson will discuss how NAFTA has evolved, who might lose and benefit from its rewrite, and whether, in fact, renegotiation can be accomplished, given the major stakes at play in all three countries.
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-Submitted by Barbara Burgess