Brandt School Universität Erfurt

“Transatlantic Economic Relations From TTIP to Trumpian Tantrum … and Back?” – Guest Lecture by Peter Chase

On April 25th, Peter Chase, Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States Brussels Office, held a guest lecture on “Transatlantic Economic Relations From TTIP to Trumpian Tantrum … and Back?” The lecture was organized by Dr. Arágon and second-year MPP student Yuki Mukai, who recently completed an Erasmus Traineeship at GMF Brussels office.

Mr. Chase opened the discussion by explaining how individual chemistry affects international relations and trade negotiations using the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as a perfect example. He continued to discuss what TTIP should have been and how the negotiation collapsed after the election of the US President Donald Trump.

After the opening talk, questions and views on various topics were exchanged between Mr. Chase and Brandt School students. They covered a wide range of topics, from the rise of protectionism, tax on digital services, food security, artificial intelligence, to the beauty of being a lobbyist. Mr. Chase concluded the lecture by pointing out that trade deficit is misunderstood within politics; it is one of the major challenges in trade policy to remove this misunderstanding.