When

Wed, May. 04, 2022
7:30 am - 11 am
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall

Support for free trade and open markets in the United States and worldwide has declined in recent years. President Biden and his predecessors have increasingly pursued “Buy American” policies, embracing a level of support for industrial policies not seen in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. This protectionism has broad bipartisan backing in Congress. However, tariffs, quotas and other non-tariff barriers to trade are a marked departure from the open and market-oriented trading system of past years. Cumulatively, these barriers pose substantial risks for the U.S. economy and the prosperity of U.S. citizens and residents — and for people worldwide, especially those from developing countries.

At this event, Marc Levinson, renowned historian, economist and journalist and author of “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger” and “Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas,” provided keynote remarks. He also signed copies of both books, available for purchase courtesy of Brazos Bookstore, after the event.

Following Levinson's address, a panel of experts examined trends in international trade in three main areas: (1) the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, (2) the U.S.-China commercial relationship and (3) the restructuring of the World Trade Organization. They explored changes to the international trade regime and provided policy recommendations to strengthen the trade system, increase support for it and fortify its regional and global governance.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and MexicoThe event was also made possible thanks to a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.

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Agenda

7:30 am

Breakfast

8:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

8:30 am

Keynote Address: The Old Globalization and the New Globalization

Marc Levinson, Ph.D.
Economist; Historian; Author of “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger” and “Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas”

9:00 am

Q&A with Marc Levinson

Moderated by: David Gantz, J.D., Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics, Baker Institute; Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law 

9:30 am

Panel Discussion

Moderated by: David Gantz, J.D., Baker Institute

Daniel Chow, J.D.
Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 

James Gerber, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute; Professor Emeritus of Economics, San Diego State University

Simon Lester, J.D.
Nonresident Fellow, International Economics Program, Baker Institute; Co-founder, WorldTradeLaw.net

 10:30 am

Q&A with the Panelists

11:00 am

Adjourn

When

Wed, May. 04, 2022
7:30 am - 11 am
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall