International VDI Workshop - Super Trends: Drivers of U.S. Political Risk

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The international VDI workshop "Super Trends: Drivers of U.S. Political Risk" provides an overview of current political developments in the USA and shows possible challenges and risks for your company. You will learn, among other things, how the USA assesses economic developments in China and what this means for future economic policy decisions. This workshop will help you to better understand the different political discussions in the US and to draw the right conclusions for your transatlantic business or your subsidiaries in the US.

What political risks are companies facing in the USA?

This workshop provides an overview of the powerful currents that shape the U.S. political landscape, drive policy outcomes, and impact corporate decision making. The confluence of Political Risk Super Trends now unfolding portends increasing political volatility. Resulting in an unpredictable legislative and regulatory environment for companies. 

The in-depth analysis by workshop chair Jonathan M. Baron is based on almost two decades of experience in the assessment of political risks for top companies in the USA – including members of the Fortune 10 and some of the nation’s largest privately-held firms. It involves discussions with over a thousand leading decision-makers, experts and opinion leaders from politics and business. During the workshop, you can actively contribute questions from your company to the discussion.

The workshop takes place one day before the international VDI conference "Autonomous Trucks". If you book both events together, you will benefit from a reduced price.

The following topics will be addressed, among others:

Workshop agenda

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Monday, April 20, 2020


  • Overview of current U.S. political landscape as shaped by the defining feature of social capital collapse. 

Breakout Sessions – Planned topics include:

  • China Delenda Est: Both the American Right and the Left appear determined to thwart China’s increasing global influence, forcing global companies to re-orient their China market strategy.
  • Industrialism: The electoral revolution of 2016 positioned the Midwest, and therefore the industrial economy, at the center of the U.S. political conversation.
  • Labor Force Constraints: Rather than face the conventional problem of workers without jobs, U.S. companies suffer the more worrisome challenge of jobs without workers.
  • Escapism: Consumer decisions are elevated as people increasingly assign moral parameters to products and companies.
  • Soft Nationalization: An expanded application of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, “soft nationalization” threatens entire industries with massive regulation that ensures dominant firms avoid competition from innovators unable to bear compliance costs.
  • The Rock Creek Rebellion: Deregulation becomes nearly impossible under a “resistance” of legal and regulatory elites in Washington, D.C.
  • Crony cannibalism: The proliferation of market participants seeking to leverage policy to undermine competitors rather than offering superior value threatens destructive consequences for American innovation and economic growth.

Discussion and conclusion

  • Potential for the further Political Isolation of Corporate America.

Who should participate?

The VDI workshop “Super Trends: Drivers of U.S. Political Risk” is ideal for leaders and decision-makers working in international environments, heads of strategy, planning, research and development, who want to understand how U.S. policy is influencing their business. Learn which factors you need to observe when applying a new strategy and how to structure businesses for future developments.

Amongst others, responsible persons from the following areas are addressed:

  • Strategy development
  • Business planning
  • Research and development

Managers from all industries who want to know what political factors you need to consider when implementing new business strategies and how you should structure your US business with a view to future developments will benefit from participating in this workshop.

Your workshop chair

Jonathan M. Baron is director of Baron Public Affairs, LLC. He founded the company with the goal of minimizing political risks for innovative companies as much as possible. He has advised some of the most prominent companies in the US - including Fortune 10 companies - as well as several of the largest US private companies and the US Department of Defense. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Baron held senior positions in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

Book your ticket

Would you like to know what risks could result for your company from current and expected future political developments in the USA? Would you like to learn from a real insider how politics in the USA work and who is pursuing which interests? Then secure your place at the international VDI workshop "Super Trends: Drivers of U.S. Political Risk".


Eventnumber: 01ST978

International VDI Workshop - Drivers of U.S. Political Risk


Steigenberger Hotel München*

Berliner Str. 85 ,
80805 München
+49 89/159061-0 to website


950,– € plus 19% VAT

Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.

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Eventnumber: 01ST978

International VDI Workshop - Drivers of U.S. Political Risk


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