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Look West: The Evolution of U.S. Trade Toward Asia

August 3, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mānoa Campus, School of Architecture Auditorium

Vinod Aggarwal delivers this Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures 2011 talk.

U.S. trade policy has undergone an evolution over the last 50 years, reflecting not only changes in its vision of engaging Asia but also in the general American approach to trade negotiations. In the late 1980s, the U.S. turned away from its deep commitment to multilateral trade negotiations and pursued a strategy of “competitive liberalization,” followed by the active pursuit of bilateral trade agreements with countries such as Chile, Morocco, Singapore, Australia, and South Korea. This lecture examines the driving forces behind the evolution of U.S. trade policy towards Asia, the implications of this changing strategy, and the likely direction of future trade policy.

Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, with appointments in the Travers Department of Political Science and the Haas School of Business. He is director of the Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center; editor-in-chief of the journal Business and Politics; and co-chair of the U.S. Consortium of APEC Study Centers. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founding member of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council. He has authored or edited 17 books and consults with governments and multinational corporations on strategy, trade policy and international negotiations.

Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures 2011 lectures support Outreach College's summer theme, ADVANCING ASIA-PACIFIC, and provide an enriching public forum for viewpoints and discussion prior to Hawai‘i's hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)summit.

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