The Launch of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Speaker Series with Michael Froman

Recovery through Growth in Asia and the Next Generation of Regional Trade Agreements
  • Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012

  • Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman hailed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as the “premier platform” for economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region at the launch of a new CSIS speaker series—Trans-Pacific Partnership: Recovery through Growth in Asia and the Next Generation of Regional Trade Agreements. The series is hosted by CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business Meredith Broadbent and CSIS Southeast Asia Program Director Ernest Bower.

    Froman expressed optimism about TPP’s prospects for success, saying it will be remembered as one of the “most important strategic initiatives of the Obama administration.” He stressed that while the Obama Administration hopes to complete the negotiated text in 2012, they will not rush to meet an artificial deadline nor slow down negotiations to accommodate the accession of interested countries such as Canada, Japan, and Mexico.

    During the discussion that followed, Ambassador Susan Schwab, strategic adviser at Mayer Brown LLP, praised current efforts to further integrate TPP nations but raised issues of the sequencing, timing, and content of the negotiations going into 2012. She also questioned whether the administration would continue to push TPP if it became controversial.

    Matthew Goodman, senior economic adviser at the U.S. Department of State, reviewed the TPP as a diplomatic undertaking, highlighting the importance of the Asia Pacific in shaping the security and prosperity of the United States overall.

     Keynote address by:

    Michael Froman
    Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs
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    To be followed by a panel discussion with

    Matthew Goodman
    Senior Economic Adviser, U.S. Department of State

    Ambassador Susan Schwab
    Strategic Adviser, Mayer Brown LLP

    Read Panel Transcript>>

    CSIS hosted a discussion with Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman to launch a new CSIS speaker series entitled "Trans-Pacific Partnership: Recovery through Growth in Asia and the Next Generation of Regional Trade Agreements."  This speaker series seeks to explore issues of trade as well as the overall role and influence of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

    In light of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, and the interest expressed by Japan, Mexico, and Canada to join TPP, there is renewed momentum surrounding these trade negotiations.  We would be delighted if you could join us for the  discussion with Michael Froman, followed by a panel discussion, analyzing the strategic and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific as we launch our new speaker series.

    Michael Froman has been Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs since 2009. His previous positions include Managing Director at Citigroup and Chief of Staff of the United States Department of the Treasury.

    Matthew Goodman is a senior economic advisor at the U.S. Department of State. Before assuming his current role, he served as White House coordinator for APEC and the East Asia Summit.  Prior to that, he was director for international economics on the U.S. National Security Staff responsible for the G-20, G-8, and other international economic forums.

    Ambassador Susan Schwab is a strategic advisor in Mayer Brown's Government and Global Trade practice.  Additionally she holds a professorship at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  She previously served as U.S. Trade Representative in the George W. Bush Administration and was influential in bringing the United States into the TPP.

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