The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

 

Mr. Hendrik Meijer

Executive Chairman, Meijer Inc.

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

“Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century”

Non-partisanship and the primacy of the national interest and the strength of mind to adjust policy positions to changing circumstances are perennial and basic needs in the working of a democratic order. Hendrik Meijer explores these phenomena in a biography of Senator Arthur Vandenberg.  During a critical period of American foreign policy, Senator Vandenberg was intellectually flexible in analyzing changing global conditions and transforming himself from an ardent isolationist to an advocate of the United Nations and a supporter of the critical building blocks of Harry Truman’s post-World War II Cold War policy structure: the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO. While always a strident Republican, Vandenberg stood for bipartisanship in pursuit of the national interest in foreign affairs.

 

Eminent historians, statesmen, and commentators who have reviewed Mr. Meijer’s work find it deeply instructive on the subtle matters of intellectual flexibility and integrity, and the spirit of compromise and cooperation within a competitive political order.  

 

Hendrik Meijer is a prominent Midwestern businessman serving as Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in literature and a reporter and editor early in his career, he authored a biography of his grandfather and namesake, founder of the Meijer company. He has been a student of the career and life of Senator Vandenberg for decades. A documentary, “The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg”, preceded by several years his recently published biography of the Senator. This work has established this business and community leader as a historian of the first order. The lessons of the biography are for practitioners as well as serious citizens who seek guideposts for American foreign policy in their time.

 

It is a great pleasure to welcome Mr. Hendrik Meijer to the Council.

The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

 

Elizabeth Economy, Ph.D.

C.V. Starr Senior Fellow & Director for Asia Studies,

Council on Foreign Relations

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

“Xi Jinping’s Third Revolution
and the Future of U.S.-China Relations”

Xi Jinping is transforming China at home and abroad. Over the past five years, he has taken unprecedented steps to consolidate his authority, has overseen the expansion of Communist Party’s role in Chinese political, social, and economic life, and has constructed a virtual wall of regulations to control more closely the exchange of ideas and capital between China and the outside world. Beyond its borders, Beijing has recast itself as a great power, seeking to reclaim its past glory and to create a system of international norms that better serves its more ambitious geostrategic objectives. Will China realize these domestic and foreign policy goals under Xi? How should the United States and others should respond in order to protect and advance their own interests?

 

Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Economy is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Her latest book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, (Oxford University Press, 2018) analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping. She is also the author of By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014) with Michael Levi, and The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2nd edition, 2010; Japanese edition, 2005; Chinese edition, 2011). Dr. Economy received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.

 

It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Economy to the Council.