Can the U.S. and Allies Agree on WTO Reform?

AICGS Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish spoke on a panel on “Can the U.S. and Allies Agree on WTO Reform?” at the Hudson Institute on March 13, 2019.

About the panel

Peter Rashish at Hudson Institute
Courtesy Hudson Institute

At the Buenos Aires WTO ministerial meeting in December, the U.S., the EU, and Japan agreed to work intensively to address shortcomings in the operations and rules of the WTO. Motivating the effort is the rise of mercantilist China, its flaunting of existing rules on intellectual property rights and subsidies, and its renewed support for state owned enterprises. Additionally, the U.S. critiques the plodding pace, overreach, and improper interpretation of rules by the WTO’s dispute settlement body. Participants will discuss these and other concerns regarding WTO reform.


Stephen P. Vaughn, General Counsel, Office of the US Trade Representative
Paul Linnarz (Moderator), Head of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Washington, D.C. office
Thomas J. Duesterberg, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Takeshi Komoto, Minster of Trade, Industry/Business, and Energy, Embassy of Japan
Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics Program, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
Peter Rough, Fellow, Hudson Institute

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Peter S. Rashish

Senior Fellow; Director, Geoeconomics Program

Peter S. Rashish, who counts over 25 years of experience counseling corporations, think tanks, foundations, and international organizations on transatlantic trade and economic strategy, is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program at AICGS. He also writes The Wider Atlantic blog.

Mr. Rashish has served as Vice President for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he spearheaded the Chamber’s advocacy for an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, which was officially launched as the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,” and developed new engagements in the continent’s emerging markets.

Previously, Mr. Rashish was a Senior Advisor for Europe at McLarty Associates, and has held positions as Executive Vice President of the European Institute, on the Paris-based staff of the International Energy Agency, and as a consultant to the World Bank, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Atlantic Council, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Mr. Rashish has testified on the euro zone and U.S.-European economic relations before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia and has advised two U.S. presidential campaigns. He has been a member of the faculty at the Salzburg Global Seminar and a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival. His commentaries have been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy and he has appeared on PBS, CNBC, CNN, and NPR.

He earned his B.A. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University. He speaks French, German, Italian, and Spanish.