The US-EU Trade Agreement: Political and Economic Challenges and Consequences

04  May 2015    5:00 pm CEST

Bruce Stokes, Director of Global economic Affairs, Pew Research Center


wiiw, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Vienna, lecture hall (entrance from the ground floor)


The creation of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership offer economic and strategic opportunities to both the EU and US, but it is not without its challenges. It has sparked criticism, with both EU and U.S. opponents claiming that TTIP may give too much power to corporations, especially foreign investors, and that it could undermine food safety and environmental standards.
The seminar will focus on the political, geo-political and economic challenges, the possible impacts as well as recent findings of various opinion surveys on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bruce Stokes is the director of Global Economics Attitudes at the Pew Research Center. He is also a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an associate fellow at Chatham House. He is a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member. And for 23 years he was the international economics columnist for the National Journal, a Washington-based public policy magazine.

He is the author many Pew surveys, including most recently: Faith and Skepticism about Trade and Investment; Global Public Downbeat about Economy; A Fragile Rebound for EU Image on Eve of European Parliament Elections; Support in Principle for U.S.-EU Trade Pact; Indians Reflect on their Country and the World.

He is coauthor, with Andrew Kohut, of the book America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked (Times Books, 2006), author of the 2009 GMF Transatlantic Trends survey and one of the creators of the Pew Global Attitudes Survey. In 2012, while at the German Marshall Fund, he co-authored A New Era for Transatlantic Trade Leadership (European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels) and The Case for Renewing Transatlantic Capitalism (demosEuropa, Warsaw). In 1997, he was a member of President Clinton's Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy and he wrote its final report Building American Prosperity in the 21st Century. In 1996 he edited Open For Business: Creating a Transatlantic Marketplace (Council on Foreign Relations).

The seminar is jointly organized by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP), the American Embassy in Austria and The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw).