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.

Recent Content


What Germany Can Teach Us About Manufacturing, Technology, and Trade

AICGS Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish spoke on a panel on “What Germany Can Teach Us About Manufacturing, Technology, and Trade” at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 26, 2018. …

Mitigating the Adjustment Costs of International Trade

About the publication: The evidence demonstrating that nations gain from trade is overwhelming. However, trade liberalization can cause disruption to firms and workers, and its gains and losses are spread …

The White House’s Steel Tariffs Decision: Bad, But It Could Have Been Worse

We take the view that without a strong economy, you cannot have strong national security. – Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Yesterday’s decision by the Trump administration to levy …

Name the Free-Market Economy – America or Europe?

A Martian is being briefed about his upcoming visit to Earth, where he is told there are two big economies, Reagania and Bureaucratia. Reagania is known for its belief in …

The Transatlantic Trade Drama Enters Act III

The drama over steel and aluminum tariffs is now entering its third act. The plot lines have become clear, and the possible denouements are emerging. But it remains to be …

Trump: No Iran Nukes Even if Agreement Folds

Standing alongside Germany’s chancellor, U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized on Friday that Iran would not be permitted to build a nuclear arsenal, even if a deal intended to prevent that …

Merkel can make her second Trump visit a success

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who meets with Donald Trump next Friday, hopes to improve on their inaugural tête-à-tête in March 2017 when the U.S. president appeared to withhold shaking her hand during an Oval Office …

How Germany can reframe the US-China trade debate

By Peter Rashish in Handelsblatt Global on April 4, 2018.

National Myths are an Unreliable Guide to Trade Policy

March Madness: it would be tempting to describe recent U.S. trade policy that way. First, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. steel imports and 15 percent …

Steel Tariffs are a Distraction from Transatlantic Cooperation on China

The White House’s decision on March 8th to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is not without precedent: President George W. Bush did something similar in 2002 when there …

Trump’s Tariff Policy Present – and Yet-to-Come

  Trump Rescinds Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Amid Concerns for Auto, Construction Industries Washington, December 20, 2019 – Stating that he wanted to avoid “too much of a good thing” for …

„Die EU sollte sich nicht provozieren lassen“

Der US-Handelsexperte Peter S. Rashish über Trumps Strafzoll-Drohungen und die Folgen. Featuring Peter Rashish with the Sächsische Zeitung on March 3, 2018.