AIG Global Trade Series 2021 Podcast Episode 7

Trade Integration and the Americas


What are Latin America’s aspirations for reform of the global trade system, and what role can it play? Regional and plurilateral trade agreements are transforming trade across the Americas – from CPTPP to USMCA. In tandem, post-covid supply chain ‘nearshoring’ opportunities, and US concerns about national security, could make Latin America a far more attractive investment opportunity for international business.
However, LATAM countries increasingly find themselves caught in the midst of a US-China tussle for influence. What will this mean for regional trade and investment?

The AIG Global Trade Series 2021 is a series of podcasts analysing the complex interplay of factors shaping the global trade system. The Global Trade Series is a collaboration between AIG and the following international organizations with leading expertise on global trade: Georgetown Law, Institute of International Economic Law; Chatham House; the Clingendael Institute; the International Chamber of Commerce UK and France; the Delors Institute; the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, IAA; and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Knowledge Partner).


  • Date: September 10, 2021


  • Shannon K. O'Neil, Vice President, Deputy Director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Alvaro Santos, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas, Georgetown Law
  • Steve Liston, Senior Director, Council of the Americas


  • Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute