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U.S. Trade Negotiations: Is the Phased Approach Here to Stay?

Fall 2020 Webinar Series

2:30 pm
Jacy Thoman,
Under the Trump Administration, the United States has concluded partial, or phased, trade agreements with Japan and China and is currently negotiating limited deals with India, the European Union and the United Kingdom, along with a comprehensive deal with Kenya. The phased approach departs from the typical practice of pursuing deals that cover “substantially all trade” between the parties, in line with WTO commitments, which view partial deals as a step on the way to a comprehensive deal, not as an end state. Clete Willems (a former White House adviser on the Japan and China deals) and Wendy Cutler (who was responsible for the comprehensive Trans Pacific Partnership negotiation, from which the U.S. withdrew in 2017) will discuss what we have learned from this approach and whether it’s here to stay, in light of trade negotiations now underway.

Featuring: Wendy Cutler, Vice President, and Managing Director, Washington D.C. office of the Asia Society Policy Institute; and Clete Willems, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Moderating: Kenneth Levinson, Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association.

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This event originated in Yeutter Institute.