Moderator: Mike Horn-Mitchem
Monday, April 12, 2021,
a Zoom Webinar and Discussion*
In this fifth of the ASA 2021 “Great Decisions” presentations based on a video and essay from the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association, we turn our attention to issues of global trade. Five years ago, an increasingly globalized supply chain was seen as the backbone of an economic miracle, whereby free trade among nations was lifting two billion people out of abject poverty, without the expense and waste of foreign aid going from rich countries to poor.
Today, however, that miracle appears to be on the verge of shattering. Threats range from incidents at single points of failure — like the recent Suez Canal blockage — to outbreaks of nationalism. As economies and technologies become increasingly complex, what is the future for any country that depends on trade for materials and products that it cannot efficiently produce on its own?
Today’s Moderator, Mike Horn-Mitchem, worked in corporate information technology where he earned a Black Belt in Six Sigma process efficiency for modeling information flow as its own virtual supply chain within a fifteen-billion-dollar physical supply chain.
Preview by Mike Horn-Mitchem, Academy Village Volunteer
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