New Global Challenges for Panamas Canal

Michael Conniff, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State UniversityGene Bigler, International Consultant
Michael Conniff and Gene Bigler’s new book, Modern Panama: From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas, documents the economic and global business success this small Central American country has had in managing the Panama Canal since it took over in 2000. A vigorous democracy, increasingly open economy, respect for technology and commitment to international cooperation has already supported expansion of the canal and creation of a new logistics hub for the hemisphere. As new leaders of the country and the Canal Authority began their work in 2019, they are confronting serious new challenges from climate change, international market uncertainties, stagnating and uneven national growth, corruption and political fragmentation.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Max Thelen Boardroom, San Francisco Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signing MLF: International Relations Program organizer: Norma WaldenNotes: In association with the Foreign Service Association of Northern California
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Friday 31 December, 12:00 PM

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The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco US

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The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. We bring more than 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy to 22,000 members. The Club has offices in San Francisco and San Jose, with regular events in both cities, as well as programs in Marin and in Lafayette in the East Bay. For members outside the Bay Area, the Club's weekly radio broadcast—the oldest in the U.S., dating back to 1924—is carried acr...

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