WBEZ | The Chicago Council on Global Affairs http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-council-global-affairs-2 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Future of Global Trade http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/future-global-trade-107246 <p><p>Global multilateral trade talks have stalled. The latest phase of negotiations&mdash;the Doha Round&mdash;was initiated in 2001 and yet there is no end in sight. According to Pascal Lamy, the director general of the World Trade Organization, an agreement on Doha by the end of the year is unlikely, even though a deal would provide a boost to the global economy. In contrast, there has been a proliferation of negotiations on super regional preferential trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN+6), and the US-EU free trade agreement (TTIP).</p><p>Is the world fragmenting into competing trading blocs? How would these agreements impact regions excluded from negotiations, such as Africa? What are the wider implications of the current developments for global trade and the global economy? <strong>Jagdish Bhagwati </strong>discusses&nbsp;the future of global trade.</p><div>Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University and a senior fellow in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid, and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA-webstory_11.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Monday, May 6, 2013 at the&nbsp;Union League Club of Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/future-global-trade-107246 Asia and the Great Convergence http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/asia-and-great-convergence-106669 <p><p>The complex interaction of trade, capital, information, and technology is leading to an unprecedented level of human interconnectedness. This highly networked global society means record numbers of the world&#39;s population are moving into the middle class, especially in Asia. However, as illustrated by the global financial crisis, interconnectedness carries risks of contagion as well. <strong>Kishore Mahbubani</strong> argues that new policies and approaches to governance are needed to solve pervasive problems such as financial volatility and health and climate issues. How does Asia, which accounts for over 60 percent of the world&rsquo;s population and a significant portion of the emerging global middle class, fit into this era of convergence?</p><div>Kishore Mahbubani is the dean and professor in the practice of public policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. From 1971 to 2004 he served in the Singapore Foreign Ministry, where he was permanent secretary from 1993 to 1998, served twice as Singapore&rsquo;s ambassador to the UN, and in January 2001 and May 2002 served as president of the UN Security Council. Mahbubani is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World, and The New Asian Hemisphere: the Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East. Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines have listed him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world, and in 2009 the Financial Times included him on their list of the top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His most recent book is,&nbsp;<em>The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World.</em><br />&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA-webstory_8.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at The Chicago Club.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/asia-and-great-convergence-106669