The World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts six speaking events each year, three in each the spring and fall.  During those seasons, come to this page to find information about each upcoming speaker, and the date and time of the event.

"Turbulence in Global Trade: From the U.S.-China Face-Off to Brexit, the EU, and Beyond."

April 17, 2019 at 5:15 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403
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Description:  American trade policy is in transition. From the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to tariffs on a wide range of imports, especially from China but also Canada and Europe, and the retaliation these have prompted, trade issues have great prominence in Washington and have roiled exchanges around the world. Trade talks with China are under way with no certain outcome. Britain's exit from the European Union looms at the of March, subject to unexpected developments, with unforeseeable but major implications for the British economy. The European Union would also be powerfully affected as would the global trade system.  All of this can impact Americans in direct and both positive as well as painful ways.

Speaker: Dr. Bluford Putnam has spent a career of many years analyzing global trade conditions. He is Managing Director and Chief Economist of the CME Group of Chicago where he is also responsible for economic analysis of global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors  and forecasting their impact on the CME business strategy. Dr. Putnam has 35 years experience in the financial services industry with concentrations on central banking and global economic conditions, having previously held economist positions with Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.   

Dr. Putnam is a graduate of Eckerd College and received his Ph.D in economics from Tulane University.  He is the author of five books on international finance and many articles in economic journals and business publications. His most recent book is "Economics Gone Astray," due to be published in the near future. He has addressed a number of other Councils.  Unquote.