Our November Program

“Where Is China Going?
Implications for the U.S.

with Frank Lavin
CEO and founder of Export Now

Thursday, November 17, 2022
Noon at Charlie’s Restaurant
Windsor Golf Course

Frank Lavin

Our sponsor for this event is Program Committee member Paul Petersen.

Where is China Going?  As China defines its international role, it seems to be following policies that put it at odds with many of its neighbors and the United States. Is a collision course inevitable or are there steps China or the U.S. could take to move toward a stable relationship?

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, a firm that helps brands around the world in China e-commerce strategy and operations.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: Program at noon — plan to arrive in advance
Menu: Tuscan Braised Beef and Polenta, or Eggplant Parmigiana (vegetarian option)
Cost: Members: $38.50
Non-members: $48.50
Venue: Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Course, 1320 19th Hole Dr., Windsor. Take101, turn west on Shiloh Rd., right on Golf Course Dr., left on 19th Hole Dr.


We are still cautious about Covid and would expect that attendees are fully vaccinated. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: a mask, to be worn except while eating.

Reservations are now closed!!

More about Frank Lavin:

As a former Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush (43) Administration, Mr. Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe.

Mr. Lavin was previously U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. While in his position as ambassador, he helped negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.  He is a columnist for Forbes.com and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.

Mr. Lavin is the author of “The Smart Business Guide to China E-Commerce”.

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And Coming Soon…

Dec. 8, 2022 – Dr. Mikhail Tsypkin

The price of Russia’s war on Ukraine in lives lost, cities decimated, and people displaced is beyond measure. Russia itself is bearing another cost: the destruction of democratic reforms begun before Vladimir Putin. In view of all this, we are honored to present a most important program in December: Russia: The Failure of Democracy and the War Against Ukraine, with Mikhail Tsypkin.

Dr. Tsypkin, born and raised in Russia, is associate professor emeritus in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard, and has written and lectured widely on politics, security and international affairs.

More on this to come soon!

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