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Trade Talks Episode 4: Holding the WTO Hostage, Trump Style

Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown focus on the Trump administration's approach to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The episode describes US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's recently articulated positions involving WTO dispute settlement rulings adverse to the United States (e.g., "zeroing"), a looming crisis in Geneva that threatens the WTO's independent Appellate Body, and the administration's approach toward "mercantilist China" inside or...

Duration: 00:26:22

Trade Talks Episode 3: Nerves of Steel: Waiting for Trump's Trade War

Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad Bown (PIIE) focus on the Trump administration's risking a trade war, after the president started a Section 232 investigation into whether steel and aluminum imports are a threat to US national security. The episode describes the controversial law that the president triggered, the international response that included threats of retaliation, and the economic problems of both the underlying Chinese overcapacity as well as the administration's potential...

Duration: 00:18:05

Trade Talks Episode 2: Trump Threatens the South Korea-US Trade Deal

This week Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes focus on the South Korea–US free trade agreement (KORUS) and President Donald Trump's unhappiness with it, as his administration alternates between threats of withdrawal and renegotiation. The episode chronicles the rocky negotiating history of the deal, explains the role of professional economists in advising trade policymakers, and evaluates the performance of KORUS five years after it was finally implemented.

Duration: 00:37:04

Trade Talks Episode 1: NAFTAnomics: The Economics of Three Big Fights

Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the economics of trade policy. This week they focus on three big fights in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, as President Donald Trump steers the trade relationship between the United States, Mexico, and Canada on Twitter. The first is about the ability of foreign companies to sue governments under NAFTA; the second is Trump seeking to remove constraints on imposing antidumping and...

Duration: 00:35:12

Trade Talks Special Episode: Trump's Unfair Trade Action against China

Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the issues involved in President Trump's triggering a "Section 301" investigation of China's unfair treatment of American intellectual property. This special episode covers two questions: What is forced technology transfer, and is it a problem? Is Trump's approach on China the right one?

Duration: 00:23:36

Trade Talks Episode 0: Introduction to the Weekly Podcast

Soumaya Keynes of the Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown introduce a weekly and geeky podcast on developments in international trade and policy. This week's episode covers the hosts' favorite trade (short) stories of the year and their very revealing answers to the question: Why trade? The podcast's official launch is on iTunes September 1, 2017.

Duration: 00:07:15