The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present Professor Joseph McDonnell discussing “US, China, and Europe: A Case of Strained Relationships” on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

The United States, China and Europe, the three largest economies in the world, have long established trading relationships and partnerships on various common interests with each other, but now each has a strained relationship with the other two. The U.S. and China are partners, competitors and adversaries in a complex relationship that has become increasingly hostile as China’s growth has threatened America’s hegemony. The U.S. aims to check China’s advances in technology, commerce and military capability through a coalition of allies. But Europe has now become China’s largest trading partner and it does not want to be drawn into the growing tension between the United States and China. The interests of Europe and the United States diverged during the Trump administration and thus far have not come back into alignment. To complicate matters, each has its own domestic challenges. The talk will try to sort through these tangled relationships.

Joseph W. McDonnell, a professor of Public Policy and Management at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, has observed and visited China many times over the past 20 years. In 2013, he secured a Confucius Institute for USM and served as its director until 2018. McDonnell has authored articles on China that have appeared in the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. He came to Maine in 2011 to serve as dean of the professional schools at USM and subsequently also served as USM provost.

Prior to coming to Maine, McDonnell served as dean of the business school at Stony Brook University in New York.
Full information on how to make reservations for the 35th Annual Camden Conference: Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad, Feb. 25-27, 2022, will appear in the October E-news and on the Camden Conference website.

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For a link to the Zoom event to watch from home, email by 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 and identify the event in the subject line. This program will be recorded and archived to the library’s YouTube channel and the Camden Conference website.