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The Trans Pacific Partnership: Race to the Finish, or Long Slog Ahead?

Featuring Jason Kearns, Chief Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee (Democratic); Simon Lester, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; and Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School; moderated by Daniel Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have just completed their 19th round, and there is talk now that they are nearing the “end game” and a deal might be reached by the end of the year. However, there are reportedly still many unresolved issues and a fair amount of work ahead. Is a 2013 completion date realistic? If not, when will the TPP countries reach agreement? And if they do, what will the U.S. Congress think about the deal?

Video produced by Blair Gwaltney.

Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies