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‘Trade and Politics’ is topic of Monmouth College’s next Great Decisions

Monmouth College political science lecturer Jessica Vivian will introduce the topic “Trade and Politics” at the next Great Decisions program.

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College’s Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following the remarks by Vivian, formerly a research officer at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva.

Vivian will discuss the shifting opinion in the United States toward free trade. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential election for the popular narrative: trade is a zero-sum game, often at America’s expense.

But do the numbers support that position? 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 United States develop policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.