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Webinar: Trade War or Friendly Dispute? Managing the Chaos

Nobody said trade policy is easy, and this year is no exception. Hear from AAFA as we examine the state-of-play in Washington.
Audience: Member-only webinars are crafted and presented by AAFA to address member needs and provide exclusive insights around industry developments. AAFA member-only webinars are closed-press.


Nobody said trade policy is easy, and this year is no exception.
During a year when we’ve seen trade policy appear to change by the hour, we’ve seen the Trump Administration take unprecedented action on a number of fronts.  So far in 2018, the Administration has imposed duties on most of its major trading partners, triggered retaliatory tariffs on a wide range of U.S. exports, picked a fight with the World Trade Organization, and threatened the viability of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). How is Congress reacting to these challenges and how are they affecting other trade policies? We’ll discuss the steps you can take to understand and anticipate the impacts of these decisions, as well as the actions AAFA is taking to promote industry priorities and to make our positions heard.
Learning objectives
  • Understand the current state-of-play affecting U.S. trade policy.
  • Recognize major factors that could affect outcomes and timetables.
  • Review trade issues before Congress and the Administration.
  • Learn what steps you can take to prepare and/or participate so your voice can be heard.  


Steve Lamar
Executive Vice President

Stephen E. Lamar is Executive Vice President, where he also serves as liaison to AAFA’s Government Relations Committee, Government Contracts Committee, and Legwear Committee. He represents AAFA members before Congress and the Administration on a range of issues, including government procurement, counterfeiting/intellectual property rights, international trade, market access, customs, labor, environment, and product safety. In these roles, Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. Prior to AAFA, Steve was a trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Commerce Department, Steve served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.

Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 
7/11/2018 2:00 PM - 7/11/2018 3:00 PM
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