Posted: 3/25/19

‘Hegemony and Inter-American Trade Relations’ Topic of IBC Bank And Commerce Bank 2018-2019 Keynote Speaker Series April 3


Dr. VanGrasstek
Dr. Craig VanGrasstek  

As world powers struggled for leadership and dominance during the last century, the United States saw itself fending off challenges from rivals such as the former Soviet Union and Japan. This century, however, is witnessing an entirely different scenario, as the country engages in a full-spectrum competition with China.

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Student Center Ballroom, Dr. Craig VanGrasstek, adjunct lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will discuss these hegemonic struggles in the context of inter-American trade for the IBC and Commerce Bank 2018-2019 Keynote Speaker Series.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Translation services will be available.

In his presentation, titled, “Hegemony and the Hemisphere: An Historical Perspective on Inter-American Trade Relations,” Dr. VanGrasstek will review how these successive battles of hegemony have shaped inter-American trade relations, with special emphasis on events leading from the past to the present and where things may be headed.

Dr. VanGrasstek has been a trade consultant since 1982. He has worked in over four dozen countries on five continents, with his clients including government agencies, corporations, and such international organizations as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

He received his doctorate in Politics from Princeton University, holds a master of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. VanGrasstek is the author of The History and Future of the “World Trade Organization” (WTO: 2013) and “Trade and American Leadership: The Paradoxes of Power and Wealth from Alexander Hamilton to Donald Trump” (Cambridge University Press: 2019).

He is also the author of numerous other books, chapters, journal articles and monographs.

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 956.326.2820, or amy@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

Additional information is available at facebook.com/tamiucswht

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