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Guest lecture

Future of Free Trade: A US Perspective with Implications for New Zealand

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Abstract from Ambassador Derek Shearer's Guest Lecture presented at the Treasury on 31 July 2007.

Derek Shearer

U.S. Ambassador

During the 1992 Presidential campaign, Ambassador Shearer served as a senior advisor to candidate Bill Clinton and helped to craft his position on NAFTA and other global economic issues that comprised the campaign book Putting People First. He later served as a senior economics official in the Commerce Dept., and as US Ambassador to Finland where he formulated the US Nordic-Baltic strategy (The NHL- New Hansiatic League) for the Clinton administration. He was a policy advisor to Vice President Gore in the 2000 campaign. He is currently Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles - and most recently, was an informal policy advisor to Admiral William Fallon, Commander of US Pacific Command.

Ambassador Shearer received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Union Graduate School. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Swedish Bicentennial grant, a German Marshall Fund grant among other grants and awards. In 1991, he was named as a U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow of the Japan Society. He is the author of numerous books and articles on economic policy and politics; his opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune. He has lectured at universities in Norway, Sweden, Japan and Australia - and at universities throughout Finland.


A report and analysis on the state of the globalization debate in the US, and how it affects US commitment to global trade. How shift to Democratic control of Congress, and the upcoming Presidential election might also alter the 'political' terms of trade between the US and the world. And how New Zealand might contribute to and affect the terms of the debate. This will be a talk on political economy , not simply economics--a kind of exploration of the terrain on which trade and global economic decisions will be made in the US in coming years.

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Monday, 15 October 2007