A Look at Current Global & Domestic Economic Challenges: A Conversation with Senator Coons, Rep. Smith, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Alexander

On Tuesday, July 26th – please join NDN/NPI for a morning conversation about the economic challenges facing America and the world featuring views from the United States Senate, House and the British House of Commons. 

There is so much on the global and US economic agendas now -  rising economic powers, a growing European debt crisis, budget and trade liberalization stalemates here in the US, insufficient growth throughout the developed world, an enormous need to ensure even greater economic assistance, trade and investment to the countries of the Arab Spring and the developing world.   To reflect on these daunting challenges we’ve assembled a trio of terrific elected leaders - Senator Chris Coons, Representative Adam Smith and the Shadow Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Douglas Alexander – who will share their thoughts and leave some time for questions from the audience. Bios are below. Dr. Robert Shapiro, Chair of NDN's Globalization Initiative will provide opening remarks.

Our event,  “A Look at Current Global and Domestic Economic Challenges with Sen. Chris Coons, Rep Adam Smith and Rt Hon. Douglas Alexander,” will take place on Tuesday, July 26th, 2212 Rayburn House Office Building, from 10am to Noon.  


Senator Chris Coons
Christopher Andrew "Chris" Coons is the junior United States senator from Delaware and a member of the Democratic Party. He won a special election in 2010 to succeed Joe Biden, who had resigned to become Vice President. Previously, Coons was the county executive of New Castle County. Coons is the 1983 Truman Scholar from Delaware, and the first recipient of the award to serve in the United States Senate.
 Rep. Adam Smith
David Adam Smith has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Washington's 9th congressional district. Smith served in the Washington State Senate from 1991-1996. He was just twenty-five years old at the time of his election, defeating an incumbent Republican to become the youngest State Senator in the country. Now in his 8th term, Smith serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families

Douglas Alexander
Douglas Garven Alexander is a Scottish Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 1997. He was the Secretary of State for International Development until May 2010, and prior to this has served in a number of government posts. On 24 June 2007, incoming-Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that Alexander would be his General Election Co-Ordinator. He has previously held the posts of Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and as of 20 January 2011, is the Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 6:00am


2212 Rayburn House Office Building
United States