If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu: The Pros and Cons of the TPP

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Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 -12:30pm to 1:45pm

Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building, McDonough School of Business, Case Room 340

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu

Discussion and Q+A on the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with a diverse panel of experts 

The expert panel will feature Christine Bliss, President of the Coalition of Services Industries and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Services and Investment (invited); James Fatheree, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Jonathan McHale, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Telecommunications Policy; Pietra Rivoli, Professor, McDonough School of Business; and J. Robert Vastine, Senior Industry Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

The TPP is one of the most hotly debated trade deals. No trade agreement has sparked as much controversy since the debate over NAFTA, which too loomed large in a Presidential campaign.  Many think the TPP is a strategic imperative for the U.S. in Asia, and many others disagree. Whichever position one takes, there is no doubt that the TPP is tremendously important. Whether the U.S. joins or not, the TPP will incontrovertibly transform the economy of the Pacific Rim.

These lunch-hour seminars for MBA students feature policy research with a food-related theme.