Opening markets, unlocking opportunity: Senator Jeff Flake on trade promotion in Congress
About This Event

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

As the Obama administration engages in the most ambitious trade agenda the US has seen since the early 1990s, there are growing questions about the administration’s commitment to and the feasibility of various agreements. In recent weeks, politicians on both sides of the aisle have publicly opposed trade promotion authority, threatening yet another deadline for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The next round of TPP negotiations is set for early December. After that, join us to hear Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as he addresses the role Congress should play in expanding trade opportunities and increasing market access for US businesses. A panel will then discuss the current status of the TPP, trade promotion authority, and the Obama administration’s trade agenda.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


9:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

10:00 AM
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

Jeff Flake, US Senate (R-AZ)

10:20 AM
Question-and-Answer Session

10:30 AM
Sourabh Gupta, Samuels International
Tami Overby, US Chamber of Commerce
Derek M. Scissors, AEI

Claude Barfield, AEI

12:00 PM

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Speaker Biographies

Claude Barfield is a resident scholar at AEI who researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. He is a former consultant to the Office of the US Trade Representative. His many books include “Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization” (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges to the WTO and to the future of trade liberalization.

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of 10 books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His most recent books include “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (Basic Books, 2012), “The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future” (Basic Books, May 2010), “Gross National Happiness” (Basic Books, 2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice-Hall, 2008), and “Who Really Cares” (Basic Books, 2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles.

Jeff Flake has represented Arizona in the US Senate since January 2013. Before his election, he served in the US House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. While serving in the House, he emerged as a leading opponent of pork-barrel spending and a vocal advocate for fiscal restraint and progrowth policies. A longtime proponent of international trade and economic opportunity, he saw the power of these policies firsthand while serving as executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia earlier in his career. His committee assignments currently include Foreign Relations, Energy and Natural Resources, Judiciary, and the Special Committee on Aging.

Sourabh Gupta is a senior research associate for Samuels International Associates (SIA). He provides analysis of the political, security, and economic risk evaluation of key states in the Asia/Asia-Pacific region as well as coverage of the World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific trade policy, politics, and negotiations. Before joining SIA, he worked briefly as a research analyst for the Investor Responsibility Research Center in Washington, DC.

Tami Overby became vice president for Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce in July 2009. As vice president, she is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing programs and policies relating to US trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with chamber member companies, business coalitions, the American Chamber of Commerce in South Korea (AmCham), government leaders, and business executives to achieve their business objectives in this very important part of the world. Overby spent 14 years in South Korea leading AmCham Korea and was awarded the Korean Order of Industrial Service Merit, Silver Tower by President Lee Myung-Bak in June 2009. She was previously recognized with a Letter of Citation (Bronze Tower) from both President Roh Moo-Hyun and President Kim Dae-Jung. In April 2007, she was awarded an honorary citizenship of Seoul from Mayor Oh Se-Hoon.

Derek M. Scissors is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies Asian economic issues and trends. In particular, he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and US economic relations with China and India. Scissors is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the Chinese economy. Before joining AEI, Scissors was a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. He has also worked in London for Intelligence Research Ltd, taught economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and served as an action officer in international economics and energy for the US Department of Defense.

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