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October 2021 Events

October 11 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | India & the U.S.: Consul General Amit Kumar

Consul General for India, Chicago Mr. Amit Kumar is coming to Grand Rapids for a conversation on the ties that bind India and the U.S. and the current opportunities for collaboration. Join us for this in-person luncheon event at the University Club of Grand Rapids on Monday, October 11, at 12 noon EST. This is a co-hosted event between the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and educational partner Ferris State University, Information and registration at



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October 14 | WorldBoston | Chat & Chowder with Sam Kaplan

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. Even virtually, the spirit of Chat & Chowder persists! We encourage everyone to BYOCB (Bring Your Own Chow(der) & Beverages), and also to join us for the informal post-Chat Chat (separate Zoom link will be provided). Longtime and first-time chatters alike are welcome!

Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Erais a popular current events explanation of how China has become more authoritarian and expansionist and what strategies the U.S. and its allies need to adopt to address this new China. Although delving into serious issues, Challenging China is written in an engaging way and probably the only book on China that references Dolly Parton, LeBron James and Bruce Springsteen.

The story of China's rise is a remarkable tale of economic success, but that alone has not and will not lead to political liberalization. This book shows how actively engaging China, while protecting our own interests, can in fact work to promote its liberalization. This includes a wide array of strategies including trade alliances with other countries, cooperating with China on climate change, protecting Taiwan and using human rights as a foreign policy tool.

Sam Kaplan is the director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, which connects industry and education in Washington around workforce development issues. The Center maintains data on the industry, including how many jobs, where they’re located and the average wage; organizes a Follow the Supply Chain Study Abroad program; and has worked with colleges around the state on global trade and logistics curriculum. The Center also produced a Virtual Textbook Chapter onFollowing the Supply Chain to be used by business courses.

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