980 Spring 2019 Trade in the Global Order Since World War II and Its Uncertain Future
Wednesday, 2:15-3:40, Apr. 17
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Amy Porges
Trade rules and trade negotiations affect the price and quality of the products you buy, the food you eat, and the services that people and companies can offer or purchase. Since WWII, trade rules have provided stability essential to world trade as we know it. This talk will survey how these rules expanded world trade, including the broad trade rules that led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, as well as the upsurge in regional trade agreements in the last 20 years—such as NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and competitor regimes. We will also cover challenges to trade rules in the last two years, including US-China trade actions, new US protective tariffs, revision of US trade agreements, and challenges to the WTO. We can also discuss the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) signed in 2018 as a NAFTA successor and its pending approval.
OLLI member Amy Porges is an international trade lawyer at Porges Trade Law PLLC, experienced in trade negotiations and trade law in the Office of the US Trade Representative, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Secretariat, and private practice. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.