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Affirming American Leadership

CSIS Trade Commission
The CSIS Trade Commission on Affirming American Leadership is focused on developing a positive trade agenda for the United States. Since the end of the Second World War, the United States has wielded its unmatched economic strength with strong policy leadership as tools of international influence and American grand strategy. The United States has built global institutions, showcased the virtues of core American values, and spread peace and prosperity around the world. Today, nearly 20 years into the twenty-first century, the world is being reshaped by accelerating technological advances and geopolitical shifts. At home, the United States faces growing economic inequality and rapidly changing workforce needs. Abroad, economic competitors are growing into rivals, threatening American economic leadership on the world stage. These developments create challenges to U.S. economic leadership with roots at home and abroad. CSIS has convened this high-level commission to examine these challenges and offer recommendations to cement American trade leadership in the twenty-first century.






Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky
Partner at WilmerHale; former USTR from 1997-2001


Senator William E. Brock
Former USTR from 1981-1985; Former Secretary of Labor from 1985-1987; U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1971-1977; CSIS Counselor and Trustee


Mr. Frederick W. Smith
Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation; CSIS Trustee




Dr. Byron G. Auguste
CEO & CO-Founder, Opportunity@Work


Mr. Ajay Banga
CEO & President of Mastercard


Dr. Craig Barrett
Former Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation from 1998-2009


Mr. Gary J. Baumgartner
President & CEO of GJB Inc.


Mr. Joshua Bolten
President & CEO of the Business Roundtable; Former White House Chief of Staff from 2006-2009

Ms. Joyce Chang
Chair of Global Research, J.P. Morgan


Mr. David Cohen
Partner at WilmerHale; Former Deputy Director of the CIA from 2015-2017


Mr. Zippy Duvall
President of the American Farm Bureau Federation


Mr. Evan Greenberg
CEO of Chubb Limited; CSIS Trustee


Ambassador Carla A. Hills
CEO of Hills & Co. Former USTR from 1989-1993; Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development from 1975-1977; CSIS Counselor and Trustee

Dr. Richard Levin
Former President of Yale University from 1993-2013


Mr. W. James McNerney
Chairman of the President’s Export Council from 2010-2015; Senior Advisor with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; Former Chairman, President & CEO of The Boeing Company from 2005-2015; CSIS Trustee


Mr. Henry H. McVey
Member & Head of Global Macro & Asset Allocation, CIO of KKR Balance Sheet, KKR


Mr. Michael J. Rogers
Former U.S. Representative (MI-08)



Ms. Kavita Shukla
Founder & CEO of FreshPaper


Mr. Jay Timmons
President & CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers


Dr. Laura D. Tyson
Distinguished Professor at the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; former U.S. Council of Economic Advisers Chairwomen

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