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2009 National Conference

The Global Economy: A World of Change, A World of Challenge
February 18 - 21, 2009
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

While distant nations have traded with each other for centuries, the global marketplace has never been more complex and interconnected as it is in the first decade of the 21st century. Although the expansion of the world's trade and finance infrastructure has brought about many benefits for a number of nations and their citizens, great challenges loom large. Skyrocketing oil prices and questions about future energy supplies, the availability and cost of basic food commodities, and the possible economic effects of climate change upon everything from agriculture to transport are just a few of the difficult issues world leaders will confront during the next 25 years and beyond.

The 2009 World Affairs Councils of America conference The Global Economy: A World of Change, A World of Challenge, will feature internationally renowned finance and economics leaders who will discuss serious problems that must be addressed and propose possible solutions for some of the important matters that are facing governments worldwide as they seek to remain vital participants in the global marketplace.

The 2009 WACA Conference was partially covered on C-Span2.

Sheikha Lubna al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade
David Stafford, Northrop Grumman - The Economic Impact of Climate Change
Dr. Charles MacCormack, Save the Children - The Global Food Crisis
Jagdish Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization - Trade in the Obama Era

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