RIETI Open Seminar

American Views on Trade, the Economy and the Upcoming US Election in Year Three of the Trump Administration


In year three of the Trump Administration, with a U.S. election looming in November 2020, and a slowing economy and a growing trade war with China, Americans lament the direction of their country but remain fairly positive about President Trump's handling of economic issues. But such sentiment is increasingly polarized, suggesting politics, not underlying fundamentals, will drive the policy debate in the months ahead.


  • Time and Date: 10:30-11:45, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 10:15)
  • Venue: 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, RIETI's seminar room #1121 (METI Annex 11th floor)
  • Language(s): English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host(s): Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI Ms. MARUTAKE ( )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398


  • Speaker: Bruce STOKES (Non-resident fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States / Associate, Chatham House)

    Mr. Bruce Stokes is the former director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center. He is a non-resident fellow the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an associate at Chatham House. For 23 years he was the international economics reporter for the National Journal, a Washington-based public policy magazine and a regular contributor to Foresight Magazine in Japan. He was also a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is now a member and where he published, among other things, the first study advocating a free trade agreement between the United States and Japan. In 1987 and again in 1989, Mr. Stokes was a Japan Society Fellow, living in and reporting from Japan. In 1997, he was a member of President Clinton's Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy and he wrote its final report Building American Prosperity in the 21st Century.

  • Moderator: Willem THORBECKE (Senior Fellow, RIETI)

*Agenda is subject to change