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AIER Hosts VIP Speakers on Global Economy

global economyJ. William Middendorf, II, a former secretary of the Navy and ambassador who was also one of the architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Professor Dominick Salvatore, one of the country’s foremost experts on international economics, will speak at the American Institute for Economic Research’s campus later this week.

Middendorf, whose writings in support of free trade formed the intellectual underpinnings of NAFTA, will speak on national security in the 21st Century on Wednesday, August 26.  A veteran of many political campaigns, Middendorf served three Republican presidents.  President Richard Nixon named him U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. In the Ford Administration he served as secretary of the Navy, and President Ronald Reagan appointed him ambassador to the Organization of American States, and later ambassador to the European Union.

In addition to his diplomatic service, Middendorf also wrote several books, including “Potomac Fever: A Memoir of Politics and Public Service.” He has also composed and conducted numerous symphonies and marches.  The hour long presentation will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A.

On Friday, August 28, Dominick Salvatore, Ph.D., distinguished professor of economics and department chairman at Fordham University, will give a talk about the growth prospects for the United States and the world economy.  He is the author of the leading text on international economics, “Managerial Economics in a Global Economy,” and edits several journals on the subject of economics.

A consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and several international corporations and global banks, Dr. Salvatore is a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and past chairman of its economics section. The hour-long presentation plus Q&A will start at 4:30 p.m.

“Ambassador Middendorf and Professor Salvatore have deep expertise in the roots of America’s current political, economic and national security challenges. Their global and historical perspectives are rare among today’s observers and commentators,” said AIER President Stephen J. Adams.

The two events are free and open to the public. AIER is located at 250 Division Street in Great Barrington.

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