Wednesday Forum

A masked woman works on the production line of surgical masks at Yilong medical instruments Co., Ltd amid the coronavirus outbreak on April 16, 2020 in Zunyi, Guizhou Province of China

Wednesday, February 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. via Zoom

Topic:  Chapter 1 in the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2021Global Supply Chains and National Security
Facilitator:  Nick Barnard

The shutdown of global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the fore an issue with the high level of global economic interdependence: what happens when one country is the main source for an item, say face masks, and then can no longer supply the item? Countries suddenly unable to meet the demand for certain supplies are faced with growing calls for economic nationalism. What are some of the lasting effects that the pandemic could have on global supply chains and trade? How would this affect national security?

We will watch the Great Decisions episode together, then we will have a discussion facilitated by Nick Barnard. Nick is UUC’s Connection Coordinator, he has previously worked as a supply chain professional, and he continues to follow the logistics and supply chain industries.

Find the Zoom link in UUC Connect (login required) or contact the church office.  All are welcome.