Trade and politics next lecture topic in Delaware series


During the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump placed particular emphasis on his intention to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 12 Pacific Rim nations — not including China — and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico.

One of his first acts as president was issuing an executive order withdrawing from the TPP.

Ji Young Choi, an associate professor in Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government, will discuss the many-sided relationships between trade and politics at the Great Decisions foreign policy discussion series on Friday, March 24.

Choi specializes in international relations history and theories, international and comparative political economy, and East Asian security and political economy. He completed his doctorate at Purdue University.

A native of South Korea, Choi earned a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University and a master’s degree from Sogang University, both in Seoul. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas.

His research interests include the rise and fall of nations or great powers, the politics of economic globalization, global financial governance, East Asian regionalism, the rise of China, and Korean politics and economy.

He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals including International Politics, Pacific Focus, the Journal of International and Area Studies, and the Journal of Third World Studies.

Great Decisions discussions begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St.

Available for purchase is a booklet with articles on the eight topics the Delaware community series is examining. It is compiled by the Foreign Policy Association, founder of the nationwide Great Decisions program.

The next topic on March 31, “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan,” features Alam Payind, Director of the Middle East Studies Center, at The Ohio State University.

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