U.S. Trade Policy
Balancing Multilateralism with Bilateralism and Regionalism

Over the past two decades, the United States has increasingly balanced its prime commitment to the multilateral trading system and the GATT/WTO with supplemental negotiations for regional trade agreements and bilateral agreements with nations around the entire trading world. Under the George W. Bush administration, this multidimensional approach—“competitive liberalization,” as it was labeled by former U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick—was formally adopted as the central focus of U.S. trade policy. In addition, China’s increasing influence and power in East Asia, the key region for economic growth, have presented major new challenges to U.S. national interests, foreign economic policy, and security policy.

At this AEI conference, Claude Barfield will address these and other developments in U.S. trade policy in a presentation of a chapter from his forthcoming book, The Eagle and the Dragon: The U.S., China, and the Rise of Asian Regionalism (AEI Press, 2007), coauthored with Andrei Zlate. Anne Krueger of the International Monetary Fund and Bernard K. Gordon of University of New Hampshire will discuss Barfield’s presentation.

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Claude
Barfield
  • 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
    Email: cbarfield@aei.org
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    Name: Hao Fu
    Phone: 202-862-5214
    Email: hao.fu@aei.org

 

Philip I.
Levy
  • 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.

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  • Email: philip.levy@aei.org

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