Peter Rashish on U.S.-EU Trade ahead of EU Trade Commissioner’s Visit to Washington

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 a strategic trade agreement between the United States and the European Union—later 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 three 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 and the G20 Japan Think Tank Summit. His commentaries have been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest, and he has appeared on PBS, CNBC, CNN, and NPR.

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


Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the AICGS Geoeconomics Program, spoke recently with Politico’s Doug Palmer ahead of the EU Trade Commissioner’s visit to Washington:

“Despite the challenges of reaching any deal this year, Rashish said he’s hopeful that the two sides can recalibrate their approaches to trade in a way that brings them closer together.

For the United States, that would mean working more in the multilateral arena to achieve of its trade objectives, while not completely giving up the unilateral approach.

For the EU, that would mean bolstering its own ability to take unilateral trade action — something the European Commission recently did in the form of new enforcement tool — even though that’s contrary to it multilateral instincts, Rashish said.”

Read the full article on Politico.

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