By Camden Conference | Jan 17, 2012
Courtesy of: Camden Conference Brewster Grace & Charlie Graham speak tonight at the Belfast Free Library

Does the American economy have what it takes to compete in global trade?

Join Brewster Grace and Charlie Graham for lively discussion of America’s place in global trade as they tackle such issues as: What are the important features of the American economy, politics, and way of life that promote and undermine our trade competitiveness? And how do the current international trade rules impact America's ability to compete?  The event takes place on Tuesday, January 17th at the Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8:00PM and is free and open to all.

About the speakers: Brewster Grace retired to the Midcoast after serving as director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and as its representative for the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization. Prior to joining the Quaker UN Office, he served as Quaker representative in Southeast Asia and then in the Middle East and also worked as a correspondent for American Universities Field Staff in Southeast Asia and Geneva. He is a graduate of Colorado College with a B.A. in Political Science and Colombia University with M.A.s in Public Law and Government and East Asian Studies.  Charles Graham is a retired international banker and marketing consultant who, during his twenty-nine year career, worked with leading US companies to expand their business in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and Canada. He has written on international business topics for publications in Chicago and Maine and has served on the boards of such non-profits as: the Mid-American Arab Chamber of Commerce (Chicago), Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, the Penobscot School, and the Camden Conference. While a Board member of United We Stand, Maine he helped convince three of Maine’s four Congressional delegates to vote against NAFTA. Graham has degrees from Bowdoin College and the Thunderbird International Business School in Arizona. He served in the US Army in Germany from 1961-1962.

This presentation is sponsored by Darby’s Restaurant & Pub and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 25th Annual Camden Conference: The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?, February 17-19, 2012.  For more information, please call 236-1034 or visit


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