The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum aims to broaden and deepen understanding of world affairs through small, interactive, professionally led sessions on international issues for a membership of informed individuals.

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US Trade in the Trump Administration

January 18, 2017

Stephen Creskoff

Stephen Creskoff, author and leading expert on international trade transactions, trade facilitation and the legal foundation for international trade, has worked as a trade lawyer and senior trade consultant for international businesses, trade associations, the World Bank, the U.S. Government and other organizations in more than 50 countries.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Forum, he will highlight actions that the Trump Administration may take to promote US manufacturing and discuss the rapid growth of complex global supply chains and cross-border e-commerce as developments critical to more inclusive trade in the future.

Cargo ships entering one of the busiest ports in the world, SingSteve is a lawyer and leading expert on international trade transactions, trade facilitation and the legal foundation for international trade. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds graduate degrees from the University of Maryland (J.D., with honors) and Georgetown University (LL.M, international law). He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

His recent book What You Need to Know to Go Global: A Guide to International Trade Transactions is a practical guide to businesses conducting international trade in goods and services.

Mr. Creskoff will also be addressing the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations (ACFR) dinner Tuesday, January 17. SFWAF members may attend at AFCR member prices. For more information please contact ACFR program chair Bob McGuire ( or 505-281-1108.

This program will be in the Santa Fe Community College Board Room (room #223).

Annual Symposium 2017

World Order Under Threat: Protectionism, Nationalism and Extremism

April 24 – 25, 2017


The hope in the West for a peaceful world order following the collapse of the Soviet Union has given way in the last years to a stark new reality. The post-Cold War security order has broken down at the same time that we see the fraying of the internal order of most states worldwide. We are looking at growing fragmentation within both individual states and the global community while inequality, retrenchment, protectionism, nationalism, and ideological extremism are on the rise. Twenty-five years ago, we believed major warfare would be highly unlikely; today it is no longer unthinkable. The consequences of new technologies are unclear, and we already seem to be in the early stages of cyber warfare. Inequality of wealth in the West pales in the face of even greater inequalities in the former Communist states of Russia and China, and where that might lead is hard to gauge. The aging of populations in the developed world will put new strains on economic systems and on the young. Many Arab nations are growingly dysfunctional, while magnet states are erecting ever tougher barriers to immigration and the flow of peoples. The temptation to retrench into tribalistic tendencies like populism, economic protectionism, extreme nationalism and fundamentalist beliefs is hard to counter.

With the help of experts in some of these areas, the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s 2017 Symposium will discuss these issues in depth in an effort to explore solutions to this increasingly challenging situation. 

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