Agriculture hurdle could be insurmountable for U.S., EU negotiators

AICGS Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program Peter Rashish spoke with Inside U.S. Trade’s Brett Fortnam about the EU reaching agreement to start trade talks with the U.S.:

“There are reasons to believe the Trump administration could get a deal done with Europe, according to Kasperek and Peter Rashish, a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Rashish cited two reasons for optimism: The fact that the Trump administration successfully renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement and the potential for the U.S. to recognize it needs allies to successfully confront China.

‘This administration concluded USMCA after stating it only wanted bilaterals. It shows pragmatism because the renegotiation was successful,’ Rashish said. ‘The other reason you can be optimistic is based on a recognition by the Trump administration that they won’t be able to solve their number-one issue — China — alone.'”

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This article was originally published by Inside U.S. Trade on April 17, 2019.

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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.