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What’s Ahead for the Faltering Global Economy?

A Dinner Conversation with Dr. Nathan Sheets, Chief Economist at PGIM Fixed Income and Former Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs

November 14, 2019

Global growth has deteriorated sharply over the past several quarters. In mid-October, the IMF downgraded its 2019 forecast to 3.0 percent in 2019, the lowest level since 2008–09 period. At the same time, global trade growth has slowed to its lowest rate since 2008, and flows of foreign direct investment have fallen to their lowest levels since the financial crisis. Economists have repeatedly shaved their growth forecasts for almost all major countries this year. With the global economy slowing, the hunt for explanations is heating up. How much can be attributed to deepening conflict over trade policy and geopolitical uncertainty? How much can be laid at the feet of longer-term structural issues like sluggish productivity growth and demographics? In a small dinner setting, we will hear from one of New Jersey’s top thought leaders on the global economy and a former senior US policymaker.

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The State of US foreign policy

Target date: mid-January

With its vast military, economic, and institutional power, the United States wields tremendous influence over political developments abroad. At the same time, U.S. domestic politics, fiscal realities, complex economic and technological interdependencies, and foreign leadership decisions necessarily restrict the scope of our actions. Join us for a headline speaker who will discuss recent shifts in U.S. foreign policy, including how the global order continues to evolve and what tools the United States retains for shaping the global future.


Academic WorldQuest

Target date: mid-February.

Academic WorldQuest is a national competition sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. Each year, roughly 4,000 students representing 50 local councils across the United States participate in qualifying tournaments at the state and regional level. Winning teams qualify for the national finals held in Washington each April. For the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the WACNJ will host a state-level competition. The costs of attending the national competition will be covered by WACNJ.

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Global Health POlicy: A Look Ahead

Target date: mid-March.

Will emerging health technologies usher in a era of rapid human and economic development in some of the world’s sickest and poorest places? Or will political realities on the ground simply frustrate our best efforts? The debate about health care innovation can swing from breathless pronouncements to deep cynicism. Join us for a small-group discussion about the promises and pitfalls of emerging health innovations for addressing the persistent development challenges across Sub-Saharan Africa.