BELFAST — The Camden Conference, in cooperation with the Belfast Free Library, will present a talk on international supply chains by Dr. Kristin Vekasi of the University of Maine on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library’s Abbott Room.

Her presentation is titled “Global Supply Chains and Just in Time Production: What they are and how they influence international trade and relations.”

In the current economic and political climate, governments around the world are seeking strategies to make them more resilient to both political and market challenges. Vekasi’s current research examines how Japan, China and the United States cooperate and compete to manage complex supply chains in Southeast Asia, focusing on industries essential for the transition to green energy.

An associate professor in UMaine’s Department of Political Science and School of Policy and International Affairs, Vekasi focuses her research on trade and investment strategies in changing geopolitical environments, and the political risk management of supply chains.

She specializes in Northeast Asia, and has spent years conducting research in China, Japan, and South Korea. Her book, “Risk Management Strategies of Japanese Companies in China” (Routledge, 2019), explores how Japanese multinational corporations mitigate political risk in China.

Vekasi received her Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maine, she taught at New College of Florida, was a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and a Fulbright fellow at Tohoku University.

She is a member of the Mansfield Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, and a 2019 National Asia Research Program fellow with the National Bureau of Asian Research where she is also a nonresident fellow. In 2021-22, she was an academic associate at the Harvard University U.S.-Japan Program.

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