AIG Global Trade Series 2021 Podcast Episode 10

Is the Future Regional?


Regional and plurilateral trade agreements are on the rise and changing in nature. Post pandemic, the search for supply chain resilience could accelerate the trend towards regionalism, and away from globalization.
Do regional agreements complement or undermine the multilateral trading system underpinned by the World Trade Organization? Will trade, geopolitics and national security issues become ever more entangled through regional and bilateral agreements? And can greater regional integration be a positive force in creating a fairer, greener, and more sustainable global trading system?

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: October 12, 2021


  • Martin Sandbu, European Economics Commentator, Financial Times
  • James Crabtree, Executive Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Asia
  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)


  • Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute