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Trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Email your questions to TradeGuys@csis.org.

Episode Date
EU-U.S. Summit Recap and a Transatlantic Relations Update with Heather Conley
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In this episode of the Trade Guys, Scott and Bill recap the EU-US summit with Heather Conley. They discuss updates from the summit, including the Boeing-Airbus truce, steel and aluminum tariffs, and the Trade and Technology Council. Plus, they discuss the outlook for a US-UK FTA. And, they go over the recent demarche issued by the US regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol. 
Jun 17, 2021
A G7 Summit Forecast with Matt Goodman
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In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome Matt Goodman to the show and discuss the importance of the upcoming G7 summit. They address the big issues on the table, including the pandemic and vaccine distribution, climate change, and trade. Plus, they go over the latest developments on a global corporate minimum tax.
Jun 09, 2021
U.K. joins CPTPP, WTO Fisheries Subsidies, USICA Amendments
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In this episode of the Trade Guys, Guest Host Jasmine Lim and the Trade Guys talk about the U.K.'s decision to join CPTPP. They also discuss fisheries subsidies negotiations at the WTO and the proposal from the U.S. to address forced labor concerns. Plus, they go over the latest amendments to the China Bill, including MTB and GSP renewal, as well as an inbound investment screening mechanism.
Jun 04, 2021
Canadian Lumber, Vietnamese Tires, and the WTO TRIPS Waiver
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In this episode of the Trade Guys, Guest Host Jasmine Lim and the Trade Guys break down the U.S. Commerce Department's latest decision on lumber imports from Canada. Plus, they discuss the countervailing duty case over tire imports from Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Trade Guys also talk about congressional vs. executive Authority in the latest update on the WTO TRIPS Waiver. 
May 27, 2021
China in the Senate, the U.S.-EU Tariff Truce, and You-Smacka Labor Dispute
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In this episode of the Trade Guys, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down the effect tariffs have had on the U.S. and China. Plus, they discuss new developments to the Endless Frontier Act in the Senate and the U.S.-EU Tariff Truce. The Trade Guys also touch on the latest labor disputes under the USMCA agreement.
May 21, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Trade Guys Trade-Splain: The New Normal for US Trade Policy
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In this bonus episode, the Trade Guys talk with the hosts of the Trade Splaining podcast about the future of US Trade Policy under a new Biden administration. Trade Splaining is a weekly podcast taking an entertaining look at current events, trade and the United Nations, brought to you from the perspective of two American expats and civil servants living in Switzerland. The hosts combine topical discussions together with interviews with fellow expats on the international scene and leaders in their respective fields. Find more Trade Splaining here: Website: https://tradesplaining.podbean.com/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/TradeSplaining Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trade.splaining/
May 20, 2021
Discussing TAA and Biden's Infrastructure Plan with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)
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In this episode of the Trade Guys, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and the Trade Guys discuss Trade Adjustment Assistance, its impacts on U.S. communities, and the important need to renew the program soon. Plus, they touch on Biden's Infrastructure Plan and its likelihood to get passed in Congress.  
May 13, 2021
WTO DDG Appointments, Biden's Big Speech, Trips Waiver Debate, and Digital Services Tax Hearings
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys comment on the new Deputy Director General appointments at the WTO. Plus, they discuss Biden's address to a joint session of Congress and what the future holds for Buy American policies. And, the Trade Guys discuss developments at USTR on the Trips waiver for Covid vaccines and react to the ongoing digital services tax hearings at USTR.
May 06, 2021
China Legislation, Harley-Davidson vs. EU, and Staff Updates at the USTR
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys follow up on bipartisan China legislation in Congress and discuss what it could mean for U.S. businesses and investors. Plus, they break down the new fight between Harley-Davidson and the European Union over tariffs. And, the Trade Guys discuss new appointments and nominees at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Apr 22, 2021
Semiconductor Shortages, Congress' China Bill, and USTR Action on the Environment
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In this episode, guest host Jasmine Lim and the Trade Guys follow up on the ITC battery case and discuss the shortage of semiconductors hurting auto manufacturers and the tech industry. They also talk about new legislation in Congress to counter China. Plus, they get into the future of environment and trade policies that USTR will consider.
Apr 14, 2021
Battery Debate, Vaccines at the WTO, and Trade Poll Results
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys follow up on the impacts of the Suez Canal blockage and discuss the pending Biden decision on an ITC fight over batteries. Plus, they discuss what the future of vaccine distributions will look like at the WTO. And, the Trade Guys react to a recent Gallup Poll results on U.S. trade views. 
Apr 08, 2021
The Boat is Afloat, Crackdown in Burma, and Digital Trade Talks
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys discuss the Suez Canal blockage and its implications for trade and manufacturing. They also get into the recent TIFA suspension with Burma and discuss the G7 and the future of digital trade negotiations. The Trade Guys also say goodbye, good luck, and thank you to Jack!
Apr 01, 2021
China Coalition, USTR Calls, and Intel’s Bet
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys discuss the U.S., EU, UK, and Canada’s coordinated action against China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Plus, they’ll break down a flurry of diplomacy from Katherine Tai, the new U.S. Trade Representative. And they’ll take a look at Intel’s decision to invest in two new semiconductor fabs in Arizona.
Mar 25, 2021
Showdown in Alaska and Running Faster
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 In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys preview the first face-to-face meeting between the Biden Administration and top officials from China. Plus, they’ll discuss reports of a domestic investment package being put together by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and calls for Covid-19 relief funds to go only to American companies.
Mar 18, 2021
Beige Book, Semiconductor Targets, and a Boeing-Airbus Truce
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys look at the Fed’s most recent Beige Book, which references shortages and supply chain disruptions a record number of times. Plus, they’ll break down new plans from the EU and China to boost domestic semiconductor production and establish independent technology supply chains. And, they’ll react to the U.S. reaching a temporary truce with the UK and EU in the longstanding Boeing-Airbus dispute.
Mar 11, 2021
The Next USTR, China Continuity, and Carbon Pricing Momentum
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys review the confirmation hearing of Katherine Tai, President Biden’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative. Plus, they’ll take a look at the administration’s diplomatic outreach to meet the China trade and technology challenge. And, Andrew and the Trade Guys react to the administration’s decision to let a controversial Trump-era supply chain rule proceed. Finally, they respond to the Biden administration’s signal of support for a carbon border adjustment mechanism. 
Mar 04, 2021
Biden-Trudeau, Korean Battery Brawl, and New Administration, Same WTO Game
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Andrew and the Trade Guys break down President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent meeting. Plus, they explain the significance of a dispute between advanced battery makers LG Chem and SK Innovation. And, they react to the Biden administration’s to pursue a national security defense at the WTO in a dispute with Hong Kong.
Feb 25, 2021
Complying with the USMCA is the New Priority
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In this crossover episode with the newest CSIS podcast, Mexico Matters, host Mariana Campero speaks with Ken Smith, Mexico’s Chief USMCA negotiator and with the CSIS Trade Guys, Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch, about the new USMCA— which was signed two years ago by President Lopez Obrador. They dive deep into how some of his policies run counter to the spirit of free competition and risk hindering US investments and other key interests. They also discuss the focus on compliance by the new Biden Administration and how protectionist measures on both sides can affect the overall competitiveness of North America.
Feb 23, 2021
Rare Earths, Economic Versus National Security, and the WTO Vaccine Debate
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down reports that China is mulling export restrictions on rare earth minerals, a move that could imperil production of U.S. military planes and other high-tech goods. They’ll analyze how the Biden administration is reforming the Trump administration’s view that economic security is a component of national security. Plus, the Trade Guys will react to the WTO’s incoming director-general, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, latest comments on the WTO’s role in vaccine manufacturing and distribution.
Feb 18, 2021
Trump’s Final Grade, USTR Staffs Up, and the WTO’s New Day
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys give former President Trump his final trade policy grade now that there’s data for his entire term. Plus, they’ll break down new staffing announcements at USTR and what it signals about the Biden Administration’s approach to trade policy. Plus, the Trade Guys react to WTO members coalescing around Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General.
Feb 10, 2021
Sullivan and Yang, Tariff Turnaround, and Container Costs
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys react to new comments on the U.S.-China relationship from President Biden’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, and China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi. The Trade Guys also break down Biden’s decision to reimpose aluminum tariffs on the UAE, and explain why it’s now more profitable to send empty shipping containers to China compared to containers full of goods.
Feb 03, 2021
Biden’s Turn at Buy American
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down President Biden’s new Buy American executive order. They explain what the order does and how it might impact the U.S. economy and supply chains. Plus, they’ll explain what’s behind the EU’s new consideration of export restrictions on vaccines. The Trade Guys will also discuss why China overtaking the U.S. top destination for foreign investment isn’t cause for panic.
Jan 27, 2021
Life After Tariff Man
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss trade policy after President Trump, how President Biden’s climate agenda will intersect with trade policy, and what to expect from next week’s “Buy American” executive order.
Jan 21, 2021
EU Catch Up, Brexit Breakup, and Automobile Breakdown
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In this episode, the Trade Guys unpack the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, review the first two weeks of the UK’s exit from the EU, and take a look at the global semiconductor shortage that’s stalled automobile production around the world.
Jan 19, 2021
Combatting Forced Labor with CBP’s Brenda Smith
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Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, joins the Trade Guys to discuss an important issue – how the United States investigates and prevents imports of products made with forced labor.
Jan 07, 2021
Biden's Pick for USTR and the 2020 Year in Review
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys react to Katherine Tai, Biden's nominee for USTR, and reflect on the past year's trade news. They'll also give a few predictions for the year ahead and what's to come under a new administration.
Dec 18, 2020
Trade Rebound and Vaccine Diplomacy
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down the latest trade data. Were predictions of Covid-19 causing globalization’s demise premature? Plus, they’ll explain efforts at the WTO to waive IP protections for Covid-related medical goods and President Trump’s new effort to prevent vaccine exports until all Americans have been vaccinated.
Dec 10, 2020
EU Reset, Taiwan Brawl, and the First 100 Days
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In this episode, the Trade Guys react to the EU’s proposal for a wide-ranging policy reset with the incoming Biden administration. Plus, they’ll make sense of a melee that broke out on the floor of the Taiwanese Parliament last week over a proposal to allow imports of U.S. pork treated with a certain additive. And, Bill and Scott explain what they’d do on trade policy if they were president for a day. 
Dec 02, 2020
RCEP & Biden’s Trade Transition Gets Underway
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys breakdown what RCEP – a new mega trade deal in Asia – means for the U.S. economically and strategically. Plus, they’ll analyze what’s happening on Biden’s trade transition team and how they’ll shape policy and personnel in the administration. And, they’ll take a look at a new ban on investment into certain Chinese companies.
Nov 20, 2020
Exit Trump, Enter Biden
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys react to Vice President Biden winning the presidential election. They’ll break down how he’ll approach a packed trade agenda, a divided Congress, and China.  
Nov 11, 2020
WTO DG Drama, the UK Goes Solo, and Trump in Review
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down the U.S. decision to block the consensus pick for the next WTO Director-General. Plus, they’ll review the UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan. And they’ll review the last four years of trade policy under the Trump administration.
Oct 29, 2020
Brazil Mini-Deal, China's Own Entity List, and an Ag Check In
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys break down the Trump administration's new mini deal with Brazil. They explain what's in it, why it matters, and why some lawmakers and private sector stakeholders aren't pleased with the agreement. Plus, we'll explain China's move to establish its own entity list, which could blacklist U.S. companies. And, farmers are receiving record levels of support - will the election change their trade fortunes?
Oct 22, 2020
U.S.-EU Conflict in the Skies and Online
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal and the Trade Guys break down the latest news in the Boeing-Airbus dispute and catch up on negotiations for a digital services tax.
Oct 14, 2020
Trade Pickup, Blueberry Blues, and 301 Redux
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In this episode, Andrew and Trade Guys break down the latest trade numbers. Plus they’ll dig into a new safeguard investigation concerning blueberries . And, they’ll catch up on the latest Section 301 news regarding Vietnam and new domestic lawsuits.
Oct 07, 2020
Live with Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter
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In this episode, the Trade Guys are joined by Sweden’s Ambassador to the United States, Karin Olofsdotter, for a special taping from the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Executive Forum. Bill, Scott, and Ambassador Olofsdotter discuss how Swedish companies are navigating the U.S. market amid protectionist rhetoric and the election, how to improve U.S.-EU cooperation in light of China’s growing economic influence, and how Covid-19 is reshaping global trade.
Oct 05, 2020
The WTO Rules on China Tariffs, The Air Cargo Option, and Drama in Geneva
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys unpack the WTO’s decision to rule U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods illegal. And, they’ll explain why airlines should think twice about going all in on air cargo despite some success. Plus, they’ll catch up on the WTO Director-General race and react to the first round of cuts.
Sep 24, 2020
232 Update with Jean Simard and Denis Tremblay: An 11th Hour Deal and Ongoing Investigation
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Andrew and the Trade Guys are joined by two Canadian industry heads to break down the latest trade news. Jean Simard, President of the Aluminium Association of Canada will break down the administration’s 11th hour move to avoid Canadian retaliation over aluminum tariffs. And Denis Tremblay, the President of Association de l’Industrie Electrique du Quebec, catches us up on the 232 investigation into transformers. 
Sep 16, 2020
The Trade Deficit 3.5 Years Later, Biden’s Tax Move, and More China Bans
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The Trade Guys and Andrew explain why the U.S. trade deficit continues to expand years after the Trump administration pledged to shrink it. Plus, they’ll unpack Biden’s new tax plan, which is aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing. And, the gang will break down two moves the administration is considering on China – a ban on U.S. exports of chip manufacturing equipment to China’s biggest chipmaker, and a ban on imports of products from Xinjiang made with forced labor. To register for the CSIS Crash Course on Trade Policy with The Trade Guys, please go to the following link: https://forms.gle/ACXtn7gvP5Gkr7eT9.
Sep 09, 2020
Deep Dive into the WTO Director-General Race with Wendy Cutler
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In this episode, the Trade Guys are joined by trade policy all star Wendy Cutler for a detailed look into the race for the WTO’s top job. Wendy has interviewed all eight candidates for the WTO Director-General spot and explains what WTO members are looking for in a new DG. Plus, the Trade Guys and Wendy break down the Trump administration’s decision to label Vietnam a currency manipulator and explain why the move may backfire. To register for the CSIS Crash Course on Trade Policy with The Trade Guys, please go to the following link: https://forms.gle/ACXtn7gvP5Gkr7eT9.
Sep 04, 2020
China Check-In, One Plate of Lobster, and “Golfgate”
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys make sense of a positive call between U.S. and Chinese trade officials just days after President Trump’s recent threat to decouple from China. Plus, they explain why the U.S. is not involved in a new supply chain resiliency initiative which includes Japan, Australia, and India. And, the Trade Guys will grade the U.S.-EU lobster deal and react to a gaff that has the EU Trade Commissioner in hot water. 
Aug 26, 2020
A Postponed Trade Deal Review, U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement, and the Trump Administration vs Huawei
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew break down the latest on China. They talk about the postponed trade deal review between China and the U.S. Plus, they discuss the possibility of a Free Trade Agreement with Taiwan and an interesting restriction on meat products. And, they talk about the Trump Administration's new actions toward Huawei to restrict its access to U.S. technology. 
Aug 19, 2020
Hong Kong Symbolism, A Rollercoaster Kodak Moment, and Tariff Man Returns
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In this episode, Andrew and the gang explain the administration’s decision to label goods from Hong Kong as “Made in China.” Plus, they’ll breakdown a flurry of action from the White House on medical supply chains, including the Kodak loan saga. And, they’ll discuss Trump’s decision to reimpose tariffs on Canadian aluminum.
Aug 12, 2020
TikTok Countdown, Xinjiang Sanctions, and Big Trust in the UK's Liz Truss
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew unravel the news swirling around TikTok's potential acquisition by Mircrosoft and explain why the Trump administration is involved in the deal. And, the gang will explain why new sanctions on China over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang may impact U.S. and Chinese businesses in discrete ways. Plus, they'll explain what's possible out of UK Trade Minister Liz Truss' first visit to Washington this week.
Aug 05, 2020
Keir Lamont and U.S.-EU Data Flows
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In this episode Andrew and the Trade Guys welcome a special guest. Keir Lamont is the policy counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association. They discuss the European Court of Justice's decision about U.S.-EU data flows and what it means for businesses and consumers.
Jul 23, 2020
China Endgame, Bilateralism vs Multilateralism, and the Court Strikes Back
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On the 100th episode of the Trade Guys, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal take stock of where the China trade relationship is going and what options each presidential candidate will have in 2021. They also discuss recent comments from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the impact bilateral trade deals are having on the multilateral trade system. They also dissect the Trump Administration’s recent loss in court on the question of national security tariffs on Turkish steel.
Jul 16, 2020
Hong Kong, WTO Island, and Biden's Supply Chain Plan
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal discuss the future of Internet services, and how they are adapting to the national security law in Hong Kong. Plus, who will get the rose at the end of the search for WTO Director General? They also dive into former Vice President Joe Biden's supply chain resiliency proposal.
Jul 10, 2020
EAC Brenda Smith and the USMCA Coming into Force
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal welcome Brenda Smith, the Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Trade, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). They preview how things will change as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will come into force next week, and what the CBP's role is as the trade industry prepares for USMCA.
Jun 25, 2020
EU Trade Tensions, Lobster King, and Cigarettes
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the revival of U.S.-EU trade tensions (including an episode where President Trump names White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, the 'Lobster King'), an update on China's Phase One energy purchasing commitments, and the World Trade Organization's recent decision on cigarette packaging.
Jun 11, 2020
Hong Kong in Limbo, Cancelled Flights, and an Investigation Spree
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal, cover business sentiment on Hong Kong, news that flights between the U.S. and China may freeze, and the Trump administration's new investigation into digital taxes.
Jun 03, 2020
Resignation at the WTO, a Sanctions Bill, and Beer
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss World Trade Organization Chief Roberto Azevedo's resignation announcement. They also discuss the House's China sanctions bill, and the impact that China's barley tariffs on Australia will have on beer.
May 28, 2020
An E-Commerce Moment
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome Jake Colvin, Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum at the National Foreign Trade Council. They discuss COVID-19's impact on e-commerce, and e-commerce-related developments on the policy front and at the World Trade Organization.
May 21, 2020
Veggie Burgers, China, and More
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss how Covid-19 is disrupting supply chains. They also unpack how the pandemic may change the discussion around trade and security and the latest trade threats between the U.S. and China.
May 06, 2020
The Meat Situation
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome Joseph Glauber, a Senior Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. They discuss the motivations behind the latest export restrictions by some countries, and the latest news on meat processing plants.
Apr 30, 2020
Tariff Man Gonna Tariff Man
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew kick off the episode with more good news. They also discuss updates on EU export restrictions and a recent executive order allowing deferrals on some tariff payments.
Apr 22, 2020
Some Good News and Some Bad News
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss some silver linings coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. They also break some bad news about the economy coming out of the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.
Apr 15, 2020
China Blame
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew talk with CSIS’s technology expert James Andrew Lewis about China, technology, and trade wars in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Apr 09, 2020
Essential Products
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss global medical supply chains, essential products, USMCA, the G20, global trade slowdown, tariff relief and more.
Apr 02, 2020
Trade Health
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The Guys discuss trade impacts on the Covid 19 crisis, plus the Defense Production Act, trade restrictive measures, the G20 teleconferce and more.
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19: U.S. Economy and Supply Chains
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew talk about the impact COVID-19 is having on the U.S. economy. They also talk about supply chain resilience and reconstruction.
Mar 20, 2020
Trade and COVID-19
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss trade policy within the Democratic presidential debates, and how COVID-19 could impact businesses in Europe, North America, and elsewhere in Asia. They also discuss the implications of a slowdown in U.S. services industries.
Mar 13, 2020
Trade Guys on the Road: RILA Supply Chain Conference Edition Part 2
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In this episode, the Trade Guys continue their conversation with guest host Hun Quach, senior director of government affairs at Under Armour, live from the Retail Industry Leaders Association Supply Chain Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Feb 28, 2020
Trade Guys on the Road: RILA Supply Chain Conference Edition Part 1
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In this episode, the Trade Guys talk with guest host Hun Quach, senior director of government affairs at Under Armour, live from the Retail Industry Leaders Association Supply Chain Conference in Dallas, Texas. They talk about the impact coronavirus is having on U.S. supply chains and the precedent USMCA may set for the future of supply chain management.
Feb 27, 2020
Chips, Engines, and India
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal unpack President Trump’s recent decision to allow the sale of some semiconductors and plane engines to China. Plus, they predict what’s likely to come out Trump’s trip to India and answer a listener question on the wisdom of protectionism.
Feb 24, 2020
U.K.-EU-U.S. Trade
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys welcome Heather A. Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at CSIS. They discuss U.K.-EU trade negotiations, and how they could impact U.K., EU, and U.S. consumers and businesses. They also discuss a potential U.S.-U.K. Trade deal.
Feb 05, 2020
U.S.-EU Trade
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the USMCA signing ceremony and a possible U.S.- U.K. trade agreement. They also discuss the debate over chlorine-washed chickens on the U.S.-EU trade menu.
Jan 29, 2020
The Eminent Fred Hochberg
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome Fred Hochberg, the former Chairman and President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss Hochberg's new book, Trade Is Not A Four-Letter Word and the future of U.S.-China trade relations in light of the recently-signed phase 1 trade deal between the two countries.
Jan 22, 2020
The China Deal Crossover Episode
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In this special crossover episode, we broadcast an episode from another CSIS podcast, The Truth of the Matter. Hosted by veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz, the Trade Guys bring listeners up to speed about the U.S.-China phase 1 trade deal signed on January 15.
Jan 16, 2020
The Year Ahead in Trade
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys kick off 2020 by looking ahead at what will happen this year in trade from the EU, Brexit, and China. They also discuss Sen. Elizabeth Warren's endorsement of the USMCA.
Jan 07, 2020
Talking CBP and Trade with Al Gina
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys welcome Al Gina, co-founder of CT Strategies. CT is Strategies is a firm that helps clients navigate border management and supply chain challenges. Prior to establishing CT Strategies, Al served as Assistant Commissioner for International Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, among other positions in his 30-year career at CBP. Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss how CBP intersects with the world of trade and more. The link to the Congressional Research Service report Al mentions in the episode can be found here.
Dec 23, 2019
A Rare Bipartisan Feat
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys catch you up on everything USMCA. Plus, the US-China saga continues while the WTO's appeals court is in limbo.
Dec 16, 2019
The Return of Tariff Man
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the Trump administration's threat to Argentina and Brazil of tariffs on their steel and aluminum industry. They also dive into President Trump's decision to move ahead with tariffs on France over their plans for a digital services tax. Finally, the three react to the president's remarks on waiting until after the election for a trade deal with China.
Dec 06, 2019
Clinging to a Thread of Optimism
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss progress on the USMCA. They also dig into the latest report from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and what's happened with Phase II of the U.S.-China trade deal.
Nov 26, 2019
An FDI Investigation
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In this episode, the Trade Guys are joined by Nancy McLernon, President & CEO of the Organization for International Investment (OFII), to investigate foreign direct investment: where and who it comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. 
Nov 13, 2019
APEC, China, and the USMCA
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and guest host Jack Caporal discuss the canceled APEC meeting in Chile and what that means for U.S.-China trade talks. They also discuss Senator Marco Rubio's proposal to block federal pensions from being able to invest in Chinese stocks, and some complicated changes to auto rules in the USMCA. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 31, 2019
Politics of You-Smacka
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Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the USMCA on the campaign trail, China's play at the WTO, and more.  Download the full transcript here.
Oct 23, 2019
The U.S. and China Dribble On
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) catch up on the U.S.-China negotiations, the NBA’s tough situation, and how businesses may become stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to China. They also look ahead at possible action on USMCA this fall. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 18, 2019
Answering Your Questions from the September CIBE Event
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In this episode, the Trade Guys answer listener questions from the Centers for International Business Education and Research directors event hosted by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in September.  Download the full transcript here.
Oct 09, 2019
A Value-Based Trade Policy
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In this episode, The Trade Guys and Andrew discuss Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for the president to resolve the U.S.-China trade war. Plus, there is talk of the administration limiting U.S. investment into China, a move that could have huge economic implications. Download the full transcript here.
Oct 04, 2019
Trade Guys on the Road: CIBE Edition
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew hit the road to record in front of the Centers for International Business Education and Research directors at The George Washington University. The event was organized by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. On the agenda was the USMCA amid the impeachment inquiry, and the US-Japan deal.
Oct 01, 2019
Nothing Personal, Just Business
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In this episode, Andrew asks the Trade Guys for a progress report on the USMCA as it garners positive headlines. Also on the agenda: The U.S. threatens tariffs on the E.U. in a spat about Airbus.  Download the full transcript here.
Sep 19, 2019
Riding the Motorcade for Trade with Angela Hofmann
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome Angela Hofmann, the co-founder and co-executive director of Farmers for Free Trade (FFT). On the last leg of the "Motorcade for Trade" tour in Washington D.C., Hofmann describes her journey meeting farmers nationwide, the USMCA, and what farmers say they need going forward. Follow FFT and the Motorcade's journey on Twitter @FarmersForTrade.
Sep 12, 2019
The Trade War Rages On
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the U.S.-China trade war as tensions rise. With new U.S. tariffs imposed, the two sides are struggling to sit down and talk. Plus, the U.S. and Japan appear to have gotten their trade relationship back on track with a new agreement. Download the full transcript here.
Sep 03, 2019
A Yes, And Strategy for Trade with Africa
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) welcome another in-house guest. Judd Devermont is the director of the Africa Program at CSIS, and was formerly the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on sub-Saharan Africa. Judd discusses the current state of U.S.-Africa trade relations and what the road ahead should look like. Download the full transcript here.
Aug 13, 2019
Currency Manipulation and the Belt & Road
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew discuss the Trump administration's designation of China as a currency manipulator. They also welcome a special in-house guest, Jonathan Hillman, who is a senior fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and directs the Reconnecting Asia Project. Reconnecting Asia tracks new roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure projects across Eurasia--and most notably, China's Belt & Road initiative. Download the full transcript here.
Aug 07, 2019
The China Tweets and Liz Warren's Trade Plan
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys break down President Trump's China tweets from this morning as negotiators from both sides resume talks this week in Shanghai. What is the president's next move? Plus, Senator Elizabeth Warren unveils her trade policy. How might trade play out on the Democratic debate stage? Download the full transcript here.
Jul 30, 2019
Throwing the Last of the Luggage on Board
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In this episode, Trade Guy Scott reports back from the Windy City and fills Bill and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew)in on the USMCA. They also discuss the restart of U.S.-China talks, and Dr. Sabine Weyand's discussion earlier this week at CSIS headquarters. Download the full transcript here.
Jul 24, 2019
World Peace Through World Trade
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys talk with Chris Padilla, vice president for government and regulatory affairs at IBM, about why trade matters to IBM and how the company has navigated the global economy for over 100 years. Download the full transcript here.
Jul 17, 2019
Bringing Domestic Manufacturing Back With Scott Paul
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) talk with Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). They discuss what the U.S. should be doing domestically while engaged in a trade war with China. Download the full transcript here.
Jul 09, 2019
The Truce
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Jack Caporal (filling in for Andrew Schwartz) discuss the US-China trade ceasefire and developments from last week's G20 meetings. Why is the U.S. lifting the ban on selling equipment to Huawei? Plus, the European Union signs a huge trade deal with the Mercosur countries.  Download the full transcript here.
Jul 02, 2019
I Predict A Rerun
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In this episode, guest host Jack Caporal, associate fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS, chats with the Trade Guys about the G20 meetings, the USMCA, and the upcoming Democratic Presidential debates. Download the full transcript here.
Jun 25, 2019
Talk About An Unraveling with Steve Lamar
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome a special guest. Steve Lamar is the Executive Vice President of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and represents members before Congress and the Administration. They discuss how tariffs are affecting the apparel and footwear industry, and look ahead to the slated Trump-Xi meeting next week on the sidelines of the G20 meetings in Osaka. Download the full transcript here.
Jun 20, 2019
Tariff Man: First Blood
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the U.S.-Mexico deal saga and its impact on the USMCA. ("RocketMan" rendition by Mallory Heights.)
Jun 11, 2019
Mexico, the EU, and Going Nowhere Fast
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On this episode, the Trade Guys unpack President Trump’s latest tariff threat against Mexico. Plus, CSIS’s very own Europe expert Heather Conley joins the show to breakdown the European Parliament election results, the turmoil political in the United Kingdom, and what it all means for the United States. Download the full transcript here.
Jun 04, 2019
Getting Back on Offense with Lesly McNitt
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys welcome Lesly McNitt, Director of Public Policy for trade and biotechnology for the National Corn Growers Association. They discuss what she is hearing from corn growers, the administration, and Congress. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download the full transcript here.
May 29, 2019
Human Stories with Karyn Page and Kimberly Benson
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In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome two special guests who discuss how trade policy is affecting small and medium-sized businesses. Karyn Page is the President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc., which helps companies and cities leverage their capabilities and global reach. She chairs the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 9). Kimberly Benson is the President of Zenaida Global, an export management and advisory firm based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. She currently serves as ITAC 9's Primary Vice Chair. Download the full transcript here.
May 22, 2019
Calling It War
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On this episode, the Trade Guys try to make sense of the latest escalation in the U.S.-China trade spat and predict that the trade war may just be getting starting. Download the full transcript here.
May 15, 2019
Over the Weekend, A 180 (Anniversary Edition)
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast. They discuss the status of the US-China talks and what will happen when negotiators from both countries are scheduled to meet later in the week. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
May 08, 2019
Winning at the WTO
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Andrew and the Trade Guys catch up on the latest WTO dispute settlement news, review the latest economic analysis of the USMCA, and somehow manage to weave in a Game of Thrones update.
Apr 23, 2019
Digital Trade with Victoria Espinel of BSA | The Software Alliance
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Andrew and the Trade Guys take on the world of digital trade with Victoria Espinel, president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. Victoria shares her thoughts on USMCA, the evolving intersection of privacy and digital trade, and much more. Download full transcript here.
Apr 18, 2019
The Canadian Deputy Ambassador and You-Smacka
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew welcome another VIP guest. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States, offers her insight on Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, the USMCA (now dubbed "You-Smacka" by Trade Guy Scott), and more. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Ribka Gemilangsari at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Apr 10, 2019
Trade Guys on the Road: Georgetown University Edition
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In this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew hit the road to record in front of a live audience at Georgetown University. On the agenda was the status of the US-China talks and what the president means by a US-Japan deal. Students of CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha’s Modern Asia class asked questions that the Trade Guys answered throughout the show. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Apr 02, 2019
Wheat and Taxes and Brexit, Oh My!
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Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's visit to Washington DC, the chaos with Brexit, and France's proposal to tax digital companies. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Mar 19, 2019
Deal or No Deal
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss developments in the US-China deal and the USMCA, what's going on with the trade deficit, and why India is the president's latest trade target. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Mar 13, 2019
Closing In
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In this episode, the US and China finally appear to be closing out their trade deal. Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the pros and cons of the agreement, and what’s happened after a year of steel and aluminum tariffs. Download full transcript here.
Mar 04, 2019
Trade Guys on the Road: The State International Trade Development Organization Edition
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys head to the Hill for a live recording in front of audiences attending the State International Trade Development Organization (SIDO)'s 2019 Washington Forum. Joining the Trade Guys were Gabrielle Gerbaud, the executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, and Wade Merritt, the president of Maine's International Trade Center and a former SIDO president. They discuss the USMCA, the US-China deal, and Section 232 tariffs. Download full transcript here.
Feb 27, 2019
Autos, Bilats, and the US-China Deal
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In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys record in front of a live audience of members from the LGBT Professionals in International Trade (GATT) and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). They welcome two trade veterans. Barbara Weisel is a managing director at Rock Creek Global Associates and was the former Assistant US Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Marjorie Chorlins is the vice president for European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the executive director of the US-UK Business Council. The panel discusses auto tariffs, bilateral trade agreements, and what’s going on with the US-China deal. Download full transcript here.
Feb 23, 2019
Tigger versus Eeyore
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In this episode, the Trade Guys discuss obstacles in the US-China talks. They also offer predictions on the fate of the USMCA. Bill takes on Tigger's positive outlook while Scott adopts Eeyore's pessimism. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Feb 12, 2019
State of the Trading Union
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In this episode of The Trade Guys, the State of the Union is front and center. After the address was pushed back a week because of the government shutdown, the president is expected to call on Congress to pass the USMCA. All this goes on as Congress drafts legislation to curb the president's current national security tariff powers. Will the president deliver a bipartisan message? What will he say about the US-China trade war? Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Feb 05, 2019
US-China talks and the CBO Report
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On this episode, the Trade Guys and Andrew cover a lot of ground as the US wraps up trade talks with China. Plus, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s 2019 Budget and Economic Outlook report reveals that the administration’s trade wars are hurting the US economy. How is Congress reacting? Will the administration take action? Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Feb 01, 2019
Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Talks Trade
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In this episode of The Trade Guys, host Andrew Schwartz talks to former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida in the 115th Congress, and the Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011-2013. Schwartz and former Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen discuss the politics of trade and the prospects for bipartisan cooperation in the 116th Congress. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Jan 22, 2019
Brexit Uncertainty
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In this episode, the Trade Guys catch up with guest Heather Conley, who just returned stateside from a timely trip to London. Heather is the Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic, and the director of the Europe program at CSIS. She offers fresh insights about Brexit, how it might affect trade, what it means for us, and where we go from here. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Jan 17, 2019
Josh Bolten Joins the Trade Guys (Part II)
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The Trade Guys kick off the new year by welcoming special guest, Josh Bolten, CEO and President of the Business Round Table (BRT). Bolten, Andrew, and the Trade Guys discuss what to expect in the trade world in 2019. Part II of their conversation includes their insights on the U.S.-China trade relationship. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Jan 10, 2019
Josh Bolten Joins the Trade Guys (Part I)
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The Trade Guys kick off the new year by welcoming special guest, Josh Bolten, President and CEO of the Business Round Table (BRT). Bolten, Andrew, and the Trade Guys discuss what to expect in the trade world in 2019. Part I of their conversation includes their insights on the USMCA and the politics of trade. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Jan 09, 2019
Let's Talk India
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In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome another special guest: CSIS’ resident India scholar, Rick Rossow. Rossow holds the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, and formerly served as the deputy director of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). What’s with the President’s beef with India on Harley Davidson? What trade war is brewing between the U.S. and India? Rossow and the Trade Guys discuss. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Dec 19, 2018
The Trade Guys Welcome the Trade Lady
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In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome a special guest: the self-proclaimed Trade Lady, Leila Afas. Afas advises Toyota Motor North America on geopolitical and market trends as their Director of International Public Policy. How are the auto, steel, and aluminum tariffs affecting the auto industry? How does uncertainty throw a wrench in production? Afas, Andrew, and the Trade Guys discuss. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Dec 12, 2018
Trade Truce?
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In this episode, the Trade Guys break down the latest from the G20. President Trump and Xi Jinping settled on a 90-day trade truce. But will the temporary ceasefire last? Also up, the Guys analyze the president's moves on the USMCA, what's next for the agreement, and how Congress might react. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Fran Burkham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Dec 05, 2018
Rumble in the Jungle
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In this episode, the Trade Guys preview a highly anticipated meeting between President Trump and China's Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina. The crew also discusses General Motors and the changing landscape for autos in the U.S. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Nov 28, 2018
Let’s talk Sweden
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In this episode, the Trade Guys sit down with Sweden's Ambassador to the United States, Karin Olofsdotter. Together they discuss the perks of being a Swede, the U.S.-Sweden trade relationship, and the latest Brexit news. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Fran Burkham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Nov 20, 2018
The Dynamics of Trade with a Democratic House Majority
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In this episode, the Trade Guys record in front of a live audience of members of the World Affairs Councils of America. On the agenda was the midterm elections and how the new Democratic majority in the House might affect the dynamics of trade policy. They also discussed tariffs, the USMCA, and more. Jack Caporal guest hosts. Produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Fran Burkham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Nov 13, 2018
Midterm Elections and the Kiwi Ambassador Speaks
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In this episode, the Trade Guys talk about how the midterm election results will affect trade policy. They also welcome the Honorable Tim Groser, New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States. Amb. Groser is one of the world's leading experts on international trade and was New Zealand's chief negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round. Amb. Groser and the Guys discuss the CPTPP, the state of the WTO, China, and...the Donkey Theory of Management. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Nov 08, 2018
Services, you can’t trade without ‘em
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In this episode, the Trade Guys explore the world of services with special guest Christine Bliss, the president of the Coalition of Services Industries and long-time services trade negotiator. Christine and the crew take a deep dive into how a strong services sector not only sets the foundation for trade in goods, but actually adds value to nearly every part of the U.S. economy. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, and produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Frances Burkham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Oct 23, 2018
Fueling the Economy
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In this episode, the Trade Guys welcome special guest Aaron Padilla, who is the senior advisor for international policy at the American Petroleum Institute (API). He leads API’s work to determine and represent the oil and natural gas industry’s public policy positions on key international issues, including cybersecurity, trade and global economic policy, and sustainability. API recently came out in support of the USMCA. The Trade Guys discuss how Aaron is seeing the administration’s trade policies play out on the ground. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Oct 16, 2018
Bilats, Tensions, and an NFL Victory
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In this episode, the Trade Guys cover a lot of ground. Japan is following EU’s playbook by agreeing to bilateral trade talks with the United States. Trade tensions with China may begin to spill over into other areas of bilateral tension. The trade deficit widens, and the NFL scores an USMC win. Hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, and produced by Yumi Araki and Jack Caporal at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Download full transcript here.
Oct 10, 2018