Trade Matters

Episode 3: A Global Banker’s View of Trade | October 7, 2020 | 26 minutes

Guest: Michael Salerno, Vice President of Global Banking, First National Bank of Omaha
Michael Salerno discusses how trade policy changes impact risk dynamics in global banking, what a banker looks for in the content of new free trade agreements, and what it takes to capitalize on new relationships in new markets. He also discusses the two most important global developments he’s watching as a global banker.

Episode 4: War, Peace, and Trade | October 21, 2019 | 31 minutes

Guest: Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Senator from Nebraska (1997-2009) and U.S. Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)
Chuck Hagel explains why he thinks “trade war” is not an accurate or useful way to describe recent trade dynamics between the United States and trading partners. He also examines the relationship between the economic health of the United States and the country’s national security and explains how trade and economics figured into his role as Secretary of Defense.

Episode 6: Trade, Development, and New Trends in International Law | November 18, 2019 | 38 minutes

Guest: Katrin Kuhlmann, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and President and Founder of New Markets Lab
Katrin Kuhlmann discusses a region where she sees unprecedented levels of enthusiasm around harnessing trade’s potential to boost economic growth: Africa. She describes emerging approaches to international economic law, explains why the African Continental Free Trade Agreement could be a landmark for trade and development, and unpacks how some developing countries are benefiting from U.S.-China trade tensions.

Episode 18: Power, Prosperity, and the Sea | September 29, 2020 | 29 minutes

Guest: U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) James Stavridis
Most global trade in goods moves by sea—but what makes that possible? Admiral James Stavridis walks through the global network of naval forces that supports international trade and discusses the linkages between this system and national security, power and prosperity. He also discusses his experience building an anti-piracy maritime coalition that included Russia, China, and Iran when he served as NATO Supreme Allied Commander—and what lessons that may offer today as Russia and China build up their naval forces at a time of increased trade tensions.

Episode 28: Is Economic Statecraft the New Language of Great Power Politics? | March 17, 2022 | 45 minutes

Guest: Jonathan Hackenbroich, Policy Fellow, Economic Statecraft & Head of the Task Force for Strengthening Europe against Economic Coercion, European Council on Foreign Relations
What happens when trade rules can’t keep up with the consequences of global economic integration? Jonathan Hackenbroich of the European Council on Foreign Relations explains how countries leverage economic interdependence to apply political pressure in pursuit of a range of policy goals and why the World Trade Organization was not designed to reign in this behavior. He also shares insights on the European Union’s proposed Anti-Coercion Instrument—the bloc’s unprecedented response to rising instances of economic coercion.


Reinventing U.S. Diplomacy: A Foreign Service for the 21st Century | October 28, 2020 | 60 minutes

Guest: Ambassador Marc Grossman
Amid growing recognition of the mismatch between the way American citizens view their own interests and the way U.S. leaders define the national interest, the search is on for solutions. Ambassador Marc Grossman discusses what he and fellow former diplomats think should be done to address this challenge through the American Diplomacy Project at Harvard University. Drawing upon his 29-year diplomatic career, which included service as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Grossman shares his perspective on renewing the Foreign Service for a new era—and why citizen input to reform the Foreign Service is so important.

Related Reading:

  • Nicholas Burns, Marc Grossman, and Marcie Ries, “A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century,” Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, November 2020.