The Trans-Pacific Partnership and 21st Century Trade Agreements
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In the last month the United States has confirmed a new trade ambassador, inaugurated a trade agreement with the European Union, and, at the end of this month, will conclude the 18th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  The Obama Administration is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda focused on creating high-quality 21st century trade agreements, but their outcomes are far from certain.  What does a 21st century trade agreement look like?  What is the status of the Trade Promotion Authority's (TPA) progress and Congress's role in trade deliberations?  Was headway made during the 18th round of TPP negotiations, the first with Japan as a full member?  Will the TPP negotiations be completed by the official deadline of October 2013?  Please join AEI for a briefing on the TPP and the current trade agenda from 12:00 – 1:15 on Tuesday, July 30th in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.



Registration and Lunch

Remarks - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member of Senate Finance Committee

Q & A

Panel Discussion:
Sourabh Gupta, Samuels International
Robert Vastine, Georgetown University
Dorothy Dwoskin, Microsoft

Claude Barfield, AEI

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  • Claude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 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 and publications include Swap: How Trade Works with Philip Levy, a concise introduction to the principles of world economics, and Telecoms and the Huawei conundrum: Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States, an AEI Economic Studies analysis that explores the case of Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei and its commitment to long-term investment in the US.
  • Phone: 2028625879
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    Name: Hao Fu
    Phone: 202-862-5214
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