On 14 March 2018, UNU will host “The Return of the TPP: How a Trade Agreement Reflects the Political and Economic Climate of Its Members”, a conversation with Christina Davis, Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Associate Chair of the Politics Department at Princeton University.
After 19 official rounds of negotiations, the withdrawal of a member at the penultimate hour, and 10 years of talks and meetings, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is to be finally signed on 8 March 2018 in Chile. Even without the United States, which constitutes two-thirds of the gross domestic product of the group, the agreement encompasses almost 15 per cent of the global economy and nearly seven per cent of the global population. The agreement also possesses symbolic value, as it brings 11 countries from very different cultural, economic, and political contexts across several continents together in a time in which we witness a rise in mercantile and nationalist politics. But does CPTPP still carry significant relevance without the US? Is this just the beginning of large trade agreements or the end?
Prof. Davis will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation on how the evolution of the TPP serves as a basis for regional trade and foreign policy cooperation, and the notable differences between the (old) TPP and the (new) CPTPP.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 13 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Christina L. Davis is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics, and Associate Chair of the latter. Prof. Davis’ research interests include the politics and foreign policy of Japan, and the study of international organisations with a focus on trade policy. She is the author of Food Fights Over Free Trade: How International Institutions Promote Agricultural Trade Liberalization (2003), and the award-winning Why Adjudicate? Enforcing Trade Rules in the WTO (2012).
Prof. Davis has a BA in East Asia Studies and PhD in Political Science from Harvard University, and undertook postgraduate study at the University of Tokyo and the International Christian University.
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