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Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise?

  • Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise?

Oct 12, 2015 Event Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts avenue NW, Washington DC

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were launched to great fanfare in mid-2013 with the pronouncement that a comprehensive deal would be reached by the end of 2014 on a “single tank of gas.” But after more than two years and 10 rounds of negotiations, an agreement is nowhere in sight and substantive differences remain between the parties. Despite a retreat from the original level of ambition, skepticism is mounting on both sides of the Atlantic that a deal will be reached anytime soon. What are the prospects for fulfilling the promise of a comprehensive trade and investment deal between the United States and the European Union? What exactly is under negotiation, and what is the strategy for advancing those negotiations? Would it make sense to exclude sacred-cow issues that will only bog down the negotiations? Is it wise to continue pursuing a single comprehensive deal for all issues on the table, or is it better to aim for a sequence of smaller agreements? Should a deal include other closely integrated countries, such as Canada, Mexico, and Turkey? How will TTIP affect the multilateral trading system, relations with the BRICS countries, and prospects for developing countries?

Those and many other questions will be addressed through panel presentations, roundtable discussions, and debates by more than 30 trade experts from around the world at a conference hosted by the Cato Institute.

Featuring Susan Aaronson, George Washington University; Ted Alden, Council on Foreign Relations; Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris & NYU Law; Inu Barbee, Georgetown University; Laura Baughman, Trade Partnership; Axel Berger, The German Development Institute; Marjorie Chorlins, European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Iana Dreyer, Borderlex; Michelle Egan, American University; Fredrik Erixon, ECIPE; Gabriel Felbermayr, Ifo Institute; Daniel J. Ikenson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Jim Kolbe, German Marshall Fund; Simon Lester, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Phil Levy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Hanna Norberg, TradeEconomista.com; Daniel R. Pearson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Peter Rashish, Transnational Strategy Group; Gregory Shaffer, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Gabriel Siles-Brügge, University of Manchester; Harsha V. Singh, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development; Bill Watson, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional speakers, once confirmed, will be added over the next several weeks.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoTTIP. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

The event’s schedule and registration are available here.