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Trade expert addresses rhetoric vs. reality of global trade, U.S. jobs.

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On Monday, March 20, at Aquinas College, Jeremy Haft discusses “Is it all Politics? Trade and U.S. Jobs". Haft is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business. He is the author of "All the Tea in China", a primer on how to do business in China.
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The event will be held Monday, Mar. 20 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m, at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College.


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“Most of the products we consume are not produced by just one country. They’re ‘Made in the World,’ a collaboration of many countries.” Jeremy Haft, Georgetown University

On Monday, March 20, Mr. Haft discusses, “Is it all Politics? Trade and U.S. Jobs” as part of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

Trade and its impact on U.S. jobs was a key component of the 2016 presidential elections, with a popular narrative that America has been the loser in globalization. But is this true? Mr. Haft assesses the rhetoric vs. the reality of global trade and U.S. jobs.

For almost two decades, Jeremy Haft has been building companies on the front lines in China. He has overseen hundreds of sourcing and import/export programs between American and Chinese enterprises in a wide variety of industries and agriculture, spanning shipbuilding and refineries to auto parts and medical supplies to maple syrup and cowhides. Haft’s current start-up is a public-private partnership, funded by a grant from the Empire State Development Corporation, to build export markets in China for New York agriculture. 

Prior to his China work, Haft was a founder of one of the first Internet ad agencies in New York City, which was ranked in the country’s top five and was acquired in 1997. An adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business, he is the author of All the Tea in China, a primer on how to do business in China, and Unmade in China, which examines America’s enduring competitive advantages over China in the coming century. 

He has conducted many briefings about China trade and U.S. competitiveness to members of Congress, ambassadors, senior military officers, and the business community. 

Great Decisions highlights the most critical global topics each year as chosen by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. The World Affairs Council brings experts to West Michigan to discuss all eight topics. Presented Monday evenings at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, the series runs through April 3. Upcoming topics include: the European Union and updates on Saudi Arabia. Full details on the series are available at:

The Council is dedicated to educating people in western Michigan about other countries and cultures of the world, as well as providing a forum for discussion of critical foreign policy issues. In existence since 1949, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is a non-partisan, non-advocacy educational non-profit organization. With 60 member companies and almost 3,000 members, it has grown from being a small volunteer Council to a mid-size Council with a professional staff. It is one of the most active, growing Councils in the national network of 100 World Affairs Councils.

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