Progress at the World Trade Organization and US trade policy in the Bi…

International trade and economic policy issues continue to be challenging in the US, from domestic and global standpoints. The Biden administration has attempted to relegate these matters to “second-chair” position behind its domestic priorities. However, this has produced an uncertain dynamic in light of the administration’s continuation of many Trump administration trade policies and broader foreign policy approaches. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is also continuing its work, including holding its 12th Ministerial Conference, which ends on December 3, 2021.

In this event, experts will discuss the current state of US trade and economic policy, current work at the WTO, and implications for the future.

This program is part of the AEI~Brookings Institution project “Reconceptualizing Globalization,” which brings together distinguished government, academic, and industry leaders to think outside the box and discuss inventive ways to enhance the understanding of how globalization affects the United States.

LIVE Q&A: Submit questions to [email protected] or on Twitter with #AskAEIEcon.


11:00 AM
Neena Shenai, Nonresident Fellow, AEI

11:05 AM
Part I: A conversation with the World Trade Organization’s Angela Ellard on the 12th Ministerial Conference

Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization
Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Neena Shenai, Nonresident Fellow, AEI

11:35 AM
Part II: Strategic reengagement or drift? Assessing US trade policy one year into the Biden administration

Kathleen Claussen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami
Jennifer A. Hillman, Professor of Practice, Georgetown University
Gregory Shaffer, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
John K. Veroneau, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Neena Shenai, Nonresident Fellow, AEI

12:10 PM

12:25 PM
Closing remarks:
Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

12:30 PM

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