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It Might Feel Good, but is it Good for America?
with Benjamin Shobert
Uncertainty continues in the trade war as its effects start their way through the world economy. On Friday 30 November 2018, Benjamin Shobert explained what this means for both countries now and in the future. He led a thought-provoking discussion of the issues raised in his new book "Blaming China – It Might Feel Good but It Won’t Fix America’s Economy."
As the United States wrestles with a polarized society, often dysfunctional government, and insecurities about its economic future and place in the world, China may provide a convenient scapegoat. Benjamin Shobert believes this would be short-sighted, potentially destabilizing the world order taken for granted over the past forty years.
Benjamin Shobert is Senior Associate for International Health at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He advises and contributes to NBR research programs on international health in Asia. Mr. Shobert is also the Director of Strategy for health business at Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research division, where he leads strategy engagements with national governments, providers, and the biotech community. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was Founder and Managing Director of Seattle-based Rubicon Strategy Group, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in market access work in China’s healthcare, life science, and senior care industries. For six years, Mr. Shobert wrote a column for the Asia Times on U.S.-China trade and economic policy, with a particular focus on how relations between the two countries were affected after the 2008 financial crisis. A limited number of copies of Mr. Shobert's book will be available for purchase and signing.