RIETI Open BBL Webinar

[Global Intelligence Series] Getting America Back in the Game: A multilateral perspective


Multilateralism is broken. Fixing it will require US cooperation. President-elect Biden views restoration of multilateralism and American leadership as core to his Administration, but this will not involve a traditional, trade-liberalizing agenda. Nevertheless, the US cannot restore its moral, diplomatic and economic leadership without addressing the pressing trade conflicts it now has with like-minded nations. The experts team from the US, EU, Japan and Canada, led by Professor Richard Baldwin at Graduate School Geneva lays out a multilateral perspective on reigniting international economic cooperation by suggesting initiatives in trade policy areas for the Biden Adiministration. In this Special BBL Webinar, three experts will discuss the topic.


  • Time and Date: 16:00-17:00, Thursday, December 17, 2020 (Registration opens at 15:45)
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: Ms. UENO, Conference Section, RIETI
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  • Panelist: Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)

    Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 1991 and Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org since he founded it in 2007. Previously, he was President of CEPR in (2104-2018), a part-time Visiting Research Professor at the University of Oxford (2012-2015), Visiting Professor at the MIT Economics Department (Fall 2002-2003), and Associate Professor at Columbia Business School (1989-1991). He has served as a Managing Editor of Economic Policy (2000-2005). Before moving to Switzerland in 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush White House (1990-1991) following trade matters such as the Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations as well as numerous US-Japan trade conflicts. He has been an adviser and consultant to many international organizations and governments. He did his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman and has published a half dozen articles with him. Before that he earned an M.Sc. at LSE (1980-81), and a B.A. at UW-Madison (1976-1980). His most recent book is The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work, has been translated into Japanese.

  • Panelist: André SAPIR (University Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles / Senior Fellow of Bruegel)

    André Sapir is University Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Senior Fellow of Bruegel and Research Fellow of CEPR. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the College of Europe in Bruges, and was visiting fellow at the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. He worked 12 years at the European Commission, first as Economic Advisor to the Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), and then as Principal Economic Advisor to President Prodi. He has written extensively on European integration, international trade, and globalisation. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

  • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)