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During President Obama’s recent trip to Asia, he announced the outlines for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with nine Asian nations. This, along with the news that Japan and Canada intended to join the talks, created a large buzz and dominated the headlines. But the TPP negotiations are far from complete. Significant policy challenges must be resolved before an agreement is actually signed, as well as issues of how to integrate new negotiating partners such as Japan or Canada. AEI has assembled a group of trade policy experts to explore the immediate and long-term future of the TPP negotiations and assess their regional negotiations in the context of broader U.S. trade policy goals.
GARY HORLICK, Law Offices of Gary Horlick
PHILIP I. LEVY, AEI
TAMI OVERBY, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
JEFFREY SCHOTT, Peterson Institute for International Economics
CLAUDE BARFIELD, AEI
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Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, is a resident scholar at AEI, where he researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property and science and technology policy. His many books include “Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization” (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges to the WTO and to the future of trade liberalization.
Gary N. Horlick specializes in international trade and investment law. He has represented major U.S. and foreign companies and governments in disputes and negotiations. He served as the first chairman of the World Trade Organization’s Permanent Group of Experts dealing with subsidies and has chaired WTO and Mercosur dispute resolution panels. He teaches international trade law at Yale University, Georgetown University and the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute and is assistant editor of the Journal of World Trade. As head of the Office of Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he was responsible for U.S. investigations of antidumping and countervailing duty complaints as well as foreign trade zones and statutory import programs. He developed the U.S. subsidy methodology used for countervailing duty cases and the WTO subsidy rules, negotiated the first U.S.-EU steel arrangement, and initiated the application of information technology to countervailing duty and antidumping cases. He also served as international trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.
Philip I. Levy's work in AEI's Program in International Economics ranges from free trade agreements and trade with China to antidumping policy. Prior to joining AEI, he worked on international economics issues as a member of the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff. Mr. Levy also served as an economist for trade on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and taught economics at Yale University. He writes for AEI's International Economic Outlook series.
Tami Overby became vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in July 2009. As vice president, she is responsible for developing, promoting and executing programs and policies relating to U.S. trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with chamber member companies, business coalitions, the American Chamber of Commerce in South Korea (AmCham), government leaders and business executives to achieve their business objectives in this very important part of the world. Ms. Overby spent 14 years in South Korea leading AmCham Korea and was awarded the Korean Order of Industrial Service Merit, Silver Tower by President Lee Myung-Bak in June 2009. She was previously recognized with a Letter of Citation (Bronze Tower) from both President Roh Moo-Hyun and President Kim Dae-Jung. In April 2007, she was awarded an honorary citizenship of Seoul from Mayor Oh Se-Hoon.
Jeffrey J. Schott joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in 1983 and is a senior fellow working on international trade policy and economic sanctions. During his tenure at the institute, he was also a visiting lecturer at Princeton University (1994) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University (1986–88). He was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1982–83) and an official of the U.S. Treasury Department (1974–82) in international trade and energy policy. During the Tokyo Round of multilateral trade negotiations, he was a member of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Subsidies Code. Since January 2003, he has been a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee of the U.S. government. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy of the U.S. Department of State.