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MAY 15: Does Immigration, help or damper the economy?

The United States has worked hard to keep foreigners out. However, a report on immigration released last fall by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that immigration to the U.S. from 1990 to 2010, both legal and illegal, produced net benefits worth $50 billion a year to the native population. Join us and find out.

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MAY 4: Are Trade Wars Good for Anybody?

Threats of tariffs on fruit and luxury goods seem trivial in an era where some are warning of the end of globalization, however the lessons from history are clear. Whether the current U.S. administration follows them will shape the world for decades to come. Tune in and discuss.

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APR. 27: Is the World as Global as You Think?

The whole world is far less globalized than people tend to believe and the United States is far less buffeted by international trade, immigration and other aspects of globalization. Then, why do people get it so wrong? Join in and share.

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APR. 17: Is the U.S. Dominating the Globalization of Robots?

In 2016, the United States hit a manufacturing record, producing more goods than ever, thanks to automation. In the coming decades companies will most likely invest in lots of robots, and these most likely won’t be made in America. They might be made in China. Join us and discuss.

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APR. 03: Do Top Business Leaders Think Positively About Globalization?

Is Globalization good or bad? The question may seem irrelevant since the process will be very difficult to reverse. Regardless, it is interesting to explore how top business leaders perceive globalization. Join us and find out.

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Mar. 20: Is China’s Attitude Towards Globalization More Open??

While the world is re-evaluating the benefits of open global markets China seems to be embracing them. In a recent appearance at Davos the Chinese President sent a clear message of full support towards globalization, in particular with the United States, the largest consumer market on earth. Join us and discuss.

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feb. 28: Who Is Responsible for Job Losses, Globalization or Robotization?

No doubt globalization is responsible for some of the jobs losses, particularly in trade with China during the 2000s. Still, automation has had a far bigger effect than globalization, simply because fewer workers are required to do the same amount of work, thanks to technology. Tune in to discuss the effect of these two forces in the labor market.

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feb. 14: Is Globalization to Blame for World Turmoil?

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum said that globalization is being used as a “very easy scapegoat” for the world’s present “turmoil”. Last year saw an extraordinary shift to anti-establishment populist views, with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president. Under this context is globalization to blame for world turmoil? Join us and find out.

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feb. 07: Should We Compensate the Losers from Globalization?

There has been no change in the belief that free trade and globalization are good things for society as a whole. However, the new consensus holds that the gains from globalization can only be defended and extended if the losers are compensated by the winners. Then, what about compensating them? Join us and discuss.

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JAN. 31: Can Globalization Help with the Creation of Local Jobs?

During the last World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first Chinese head of state to attend, offered a passionate defense of economic. How can we defend globalization and support those affected by it, given the range of industries and communities where local jobs have been reduced?. Join in and share.

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JAN. 17: Is There a Globalization Backlash on Corporate Boardrooms?

The bipartisan rejection of the TPP in the US and Brexit in the UK show that there is a popular backlash against globalization. However, what about corporate boardrooms? Issues traditionally classified as social such as environmental concerns have increasingly been included into the boardroom thinking and decisions. Tune in to discuss.

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JAN. 10: Will President Trump’s trade policies affect German companies in the US?

Germany and the US have a close trade relationship, with many jobs, markets and companies on both sides gaining from the current trade agreement. Moreover, The US is Germany’s largest trading partner, accounting for almost 10% of all German exports. Will President Trump’s trade policies affect German companies in the US? Tune in and share.

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JAN. 02: Can Globalization Be Salvaged from Populist Opposition?

Many people still think free trade and immigration are good things. The bad news for globalizers is that the populists on the right and left who disagree are increasingly able to stop the process. How can populist opposition be warded off? Tune in to discuss.

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DEC. 12: IS THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) DEAD?

The Trans Pacific Partnership died on November 11, as Congress leaders told the White House they won’t advance it in the election’s aftermath, and Obama administration officials acknowledged it has no way forward now. Could a similar deal reappear in the pacific in the future? Join us and find out.

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DEC. 5: Is Globalization affecting the Balance of Immigration?

Globalization has had profound effects not only in the movement of good and services but also in the movement of people. But are these migration flows creating new population imbalances? Join us and discuss.

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nov. 28: IS mR. TRUMP GOOD FOR GLOBALIZATION?

When Mr. Donald Trump talks about “globalization”, he seems to have in mind an all-out trade war, in which various mercantilist countries are plotting to steal America’s jobs and treasures. But what will that really mean for goods and specially for services trade? Tune in and share.

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nov. 21: Is Brexit good for globalization?

In an era-defining vote, the UK decided to go it alone. Backing out of the EU, the UK will soon be on its own. How will the UK be affected by Brexit? Even more broadly, how will Brexit affect the rest of the world? Tune in to discuss.

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nov. 14: IS THE MEANING OF GEOGRAPHY CHANGING OR DISAPPEARING?

Last week, we discussed whether globalization can triumph over nationalism. This week, we’ll look at whether, the meaning of geography is changing or disappearing. What do you think? Tune in and share.

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nov. 7: Can Globalization Triumph over Nationalism?

Nationalism, isolationism, tightening up borders…in places in the world, public endorsement of these ideas is growing. Can globalization meet everyone’s needs and stem the tide of nationalism? Join us and discuss.

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oct. 31: Is Globalization responsible for the world’s income inequality?

Many point the finger at globalization when talking about income disparity. But is their instincts right? Tune in to discuss.

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