The 31st Camden Conference
New World Disorder and America’s Future
February 16, 17, 18, 2018
On January 1, 2018, economist Thea Lee will become the next President of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in Washington, DC. Ms. Lee comes to EPI from the AFL-CIO, where she served most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff and as Policy Director and Chief International Economist. Previously, she worked as an international trade economist at EPI and as an editor at Dollars & Sense magazine in Boston.
Ms. Lee has spent her career advocating on behalf of working families in the national policy debate, focusing on wage inequality, workers’ rights, and fair trade, among other issues. She played a key role in the management of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO, helping to craft a vision for the organization and implement its policy agenda.
She has authored numerous publications, including A Field Guide to the Global Economy. Her research projects have included reports on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on the impact of international trade on U.S. wage inequality, and on the domestic steel and textile industries.
She has served on several advisory committees, including the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Ms. Lee holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.
The 2018 Camden Conference explored shifts in global power and the ramifications for major players, particularly China, the US and the nations of Europe, in pursuing their national interests. Our speakers addressed the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism, transformations in global economies, and the management of a range of future threats such as climate change, population growth, and cyber insecurity. How can the United States remain competitive economically, preserve national security, safeguard American values, and meet dangerous challenges from unstable countries? What role in the world do Americans want for their country?