Among the issues that are shaping the international agenda of the twenty-first century, the role of trade in securing the future of US leadership in the world is more important than ever. US Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivers a strong pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on April 23, 2015, at the Atlantic Council headquarters.
New regional initiatives support by China, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the New Development Bank (“BRICS Bank”) and the Silk Road initiative are showing strong momentum. At the same time, China is facing many economic challenges. Chinese Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao provides his perspective on China’s role in shaping the global economic order and its vision for a more prosperous Asia-Pacific region.
Despite the recent boost from cheaper oil and sustained US growth, global economic recovery is still impeded by high public debt, high unemployment, and insufficient public investment. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will discuss the state of the global economy and policy actions needed to ensure sustained economic recovery and growth.
How should we assess the global terrorist threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda? Should al-Qaeda continue to be a counterterrorism priority for the United States? Are al-Qaeda and ISIS equally dangerous, but in different ways?
Listen to this week’s episode for a discussion of the potential differences between ISIS and al-Qaeda and how the US government should deal with the threats from both.
Despite the ceasefire agreement, Russia continues to supply weapons, equipment and troops to support separatists in Ukraine’s east. As Ukraine prepares for another assault from Russian-backed separatists, what steps should the United States and NATO take to help Ukraine withstand Russian aggression? General Clark, former NATO Allied Commander, joins us at the Atlantic Council for an exclusive briefing from Ukraine’s front lines.