Timothy Webster, assistant professor of law, will lead the next Public Affairs Discussion Group, titled “Is the Federal Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Anti-Asian?”
The discussion will take place Friday, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Mather House, room 100. Please note: This is a different location than the usual Public Affairs Discussion Group meetings.
In 2012, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee raised concerns about “the counterintelligence and security threat posed by Chinese telecommunications companies doing business in the United States.” To some, this recalled concerns about Japanese investment in the United States in the 1980s. The Obama administration has sought to assure Asian investors that the process involves no bias against them, and has promised “to remain true to the United States’ open investment commitment.” But is that true?
Webster, who has testified to Congress about China’s implementation of World Trade Organization rulings, will bring a rare perspective to this intersection of economics and national security policy.
Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.