Global Business Forum Returns Amid World-Wide Change

January 19, 2021

Current and upcoming economic issues will be in the spotlight as the Global Business Forum returns this spring. This year's forum, which will be co-presented by Baylor University and the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth, will feature a series of Zoom webinars focused on "Economic Issues for the Next Decade."

The world is facing many new changes, said H. Stephen Gardner, Herman Brown Professor of Economics and director for the McBride Center for International Business, including a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic, the transitioning of power in the U.S. and the completion of Brexit in the United Kingdom. The changes present an ideal opportunity to discuss the global economic outlook, he said.

"We are thrilled to provide new information and insights, free and open to the public, from a distinguished group of international scholars, officials and journalists," Gardner said. "We look forward to greeting large audiences from the Baylor network, from the membership of the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth and from other councils in major cities across the U.S."

Unlike prior Global Business Forums held face-to-face over several consecutive days, this year's virtual format will take place over several months. The first session will feature Adrian Woolridge, political editor for The Economist and co-author of The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West—and How to Fix It. Woolridge will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m.

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