Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:30 AM

USA/China/Asia Trade and Technology Policies: Common Goals or Winner Takes All?

Trade with Asia, the impact of tariffs on the US’s and China’s economies, the slowdown of Chinese economic growth, the competition for technology supremacy – all of these issues are critical and will be addressed in Dr. Robert Dohner’s talk.  He is a senior international economics professional with three decades of experience in international macroeconomic, financial, and regulatory issues.  He is now a Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and until recently was the Chief Economist for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.   

Prior to that, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, he led the Department’s work on Asia from 2005 to 2016. Under his direction, Treasury’s work on Asia expanded dramatically, including opening new offices in Beijing, New Delhi, and Singapore.  Dohner helped create and manage the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) and its successor, the S&ED, in which he negotiated Chinese commitments on exchange rate, macroeconomic, and financial regulatory policies.

Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.


To RSVP for the luncheon please click  the link below.  In the body of the email write your name and if bringing guests, please list each person’s name on a separate line.  A confirmation email will be sent when your request is processed.  REGISTER HERE

COFFE was established in November 1988 and we are celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during this luncheon season (September 2018 – May 2019).  We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining.   The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.

We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.


John Berry, Former OPM Director and Ambassador to Australia


COFFE’s March speaker, John Berry, enlighten the audience with lessons he garnered while serving as the US Ambassador to Australia.  He shared examples of policies and practices used by the Australia government which, if adopted, could befit the United States.  A lively Q&A session followed the presentation. 

A full review of Ambassador Berry’s presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members.  Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.


In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.


Michael Lawliss, a MPA candidate in the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was selected, from 31 applicants, to receive the 2018 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.  He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Vermont, Michael began working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders as a Legislative Intern before becoming a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent.  Michael’s ultimate goal is to work at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer so that he can have a role in shaping our foreign policy goals.

In his scholarship application, Michael wrote:  “As someone who has been interested in politics my entire life, I believe public service is the best way I can make a real difference in the lives of the American people.”

With young people like Michael pursuing careers in government, there is a reason for optimism about the future of public service!


Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More