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Conference: The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
April 16

Conference: The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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12:00 pm - 04:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Date April 16, 2015
Time 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Locations  American Security Project, 1100 New York Ave. NW, 7th Floor West Tower, Washington DC


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will play a major role in deciding the future of transatlantic relations. TTIP has the potential to redefine transatlantic cooperation in the economic, security, and political spheres and provide the U.S. and the EU with a window of opportunity to advance core values that could help shape the international trading system in the 21st century. Our expert panelists will discuss these issues and attempt to examine TTIP’s potential to facilitate further trade liberalization on a global scale.

The conference will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 at ASP’s conference facilities in Washington, D.C. The conference will include a keynote speech by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation from the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen.


Agenda: The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Full bios of the panelists and speakers can be found here:

The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Speakers and Panelists


12:00pm – 12:30pm: Registration and Networking Lunch, sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy


12:30pm – 12:40pm: Introduction by Nelson W. CunninghamPresident of ASP and President of McLarty Associates


12:40pm – 1:30pm: Panel 1: TTIP and the Geopolitics of the U.S.-EU relationship

This panel will address the geopolitical aspects of the transatlantic relationship and the many areas in which TTIP will influence transatlantic cooperation. We will be discussing how TTIP will alter the way the U.S. and the EU project their political, economic, and military influence in a changing security environment. We will also discuss to what extent the geopolitical aspects of TTIP should be highlighted in discussions on TTIP with the general public.


  • Kurt Tong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
  • Lt. Gen. Dan Christman, USA (Ret.), Senior Vice President for International Affairs at the United States Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton, Center for Transatlantic Relations Executive Director (SAIS)
  • Ambassador Charles P. Ries, vice president International, RAND Corporation


Nelson W. Cunningham, President of ASP and President of McLarty Associates

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Coffee & Networking Session


2:00pm – 2:45pm: Introduction by Nelson W. CunninghamPresident of ASP and President of McLarty Associates

Keynote speech by Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, followed by Q&A:

Lilianne Ploumen has served as the Netherlands’ Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation since November 2012. In her expansive career, Ploumen has worked in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. In 1995, she founded Ploumen Projection, an organization specializing in market research and innovation for commercial and non-profit clients. Ploumen has also worked as the director of the organization Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives and she has served as the chair of the Labour Party in the Netherlands from October 2007 to January 2012.


2:45pm – 3:30pm: Coffee & Networking Session


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Panel 2: TTIP, emerging markets and the multilateral trading system

This panel will address the potential of TTIP as a catalyst for multilateral efforts to to liberalize trade. We will discuss what steps can be taken to make sure TTIP becomes an inclusive agreement that strengthens multilateral trade systems, such as the WTO. We will also discuss how we can prevent TTIP from antagonizing emerging markets or widening the gap between the West and states such as Mexico, Brazil and China.


  • Christopher Smart, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs
  • Peter S. Rashish, Senior Advisor for Trade and Transatlantic Relations, Transnational Strategy Group
  • Daniel J. Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies (CATO)
  • Dr. Susan Aaronson, Research Professor of International Affairs, Institute of International Economic Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Dr. Joshua Walker, Director Global Programs, APCO Worldwide


Paul W. Hamill, Director of Strategy and Communications at ASP


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Additional Resources:

The Geopolitics of Trade

American Competitiveness: A matter of national security

Rivkin: the link between prosperity and national security

Ambassador Froman on the Geopolitical Stakes of America’s Trade Policy

Free Trade and National Security – 5 Key Issues

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The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges. For more information, visit www.americansecurityproject.org.