On Thursday, April 16th, The American Security Project held a conference entitled “The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).” The conference consisted of two panels and featured a keynote address from Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for the Netherlands. The conference explored TTIP’s potential in redefining transatlantic cooperation between the US and EU in the economic, security, and political spheres.
The first panel discussed the impact that TTIP will have on future US-EU relations. Topics included an effort to streamline agenda-setting and overall political processes regarding trade, reinvestment in European military spending, and integration of markets.
Minister Ploumen delivered the keynote address, focusing on the need for cooperation and what she called “inclusive economic growth.” The Minister also discussed the humanitarian benefits that TTIP would bring with it by establishing consumer safety and intellectual property standards.
The final panel examined TTIP as a potential catalyst to liberalize trade and its effect on emerging markets in developing countries like the BRIC nations. Issues of communication surrounding TTIP negotiations were also discussed.
Video and audio recaps of the entire event on each panel’s page.