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A Positive Trade Agenda

February 27, 2019 • 9:30 am – 1:45 pm EST

Affirming America's Leadership for the 21st Century 

In the space of just a few years, the public discourse on trade has undergone a significant shift. Where trade was once commonly agreed upon as a net benefit to the U.S. economy and the global good, it is now used as a scapegoat across the political spectrum for systemic issues. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, deep questions are emerging about the post-War economy it reconstructed, the multilateral system it created, and the liberal values it codified. The international trading system and its norms have unleashed an unprecedented wave of globalization but how the world understands free and open trade and its value is undergoing a generational shift. Join the Scholl Chair in International Business and CSIS to launch a major initiative to investigate and reshape the conversation on trade for the 21st century.

Introductory Remarks by:
F​rederick W. Smith
Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp.

Keynote Address by:
Henry M. Paulson
​Secretary of the Treasury (2006-2009)
Chairman of the Paulson Institute

Following the keynote address by Secretary Paulson, there will be three concurrent breakout sessions:

Envisioning a World of "Three Zeroes": Zero Tariffs, Zero Subsidies, and Zero Non-tariff Barriers to Trade
Moderated by Scott Miller

Daniel J. Ikenson
Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

Ambassador Susan C. Schwab
Former United States Trade Representative (2005-2009)

Out With the Old, In With the New: Developing New International Frameworks or Reforming the Old?
Moderated by Matthew P. Goodman

Catherine A. Novelli 
President, Listening for America

Dr. Derek M. Scissors
Resident Scholar, AEI

Meeting the China Challenge: Engagement or Decoupling?
Moderated by Dr. Scott Kennedy

Dr. David Dollar
Senior Fellow, John L. Thorton China Center, The Brookings Institution

Ambassador Jorge Guajardo
Ambassador of Mexico to the People's Republic of China (2007-2013)

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Matthew P. Goodman

Matthew P. Goodman

Former Senior Vice President for Economics
Scott Miller
Senior Mentor (Non-resident), Executive Education
Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, John L. Thornton China Center