AIG Global Trade Series 2022 Podcast Episode 4

The Role of Middle Powers in Moving Global Trade Forward


Earlier episodes have discussed the tremendous strain on the global trade system since the pandemic. With supply chains being reordered and national security concerns driving quasi-protectionist policies, there is a risk of the system fragmenting into a series of regulatory blocs. Where would that leave important trading powers that pursue independent trade policies but are invariably affected by the action of the major global players, the US, China and the EU? What role can these middle powers play in salvaging globalisation and renewing multilateralism? And how are they responding to the challenge, both individually and in collaboration with others?

The AIG Global Trade Series 2022 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 organisations with leading expertise on global trade: the Aspen Institute (Germany); Chatham House (UK); the Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands); Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center (US); the International Chamber of Commerce (UK and France); the Italian Institute for International Political Studies; the Jacques Delors Institute (France); the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (Japan) and the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade (Switzerland).


  • Date: August 16, 2022


  • Sam Lowe, Partner and Head of Trade and Market Access Practice, Flint Global
  • Dr. Taeho Bark, President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute


  • Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute