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Trade Policies in Trouble with Marten van den Berg

Written by IIEP
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
9:00AM- 10:30am
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor

What is behind the public discontent on trade issues? What has changed? And what can we do about it? In this lecture, Marten C. van den Berg will be answering these questions and many more in this 45 minute discussion. The public remarks will be followed by a Q&A session

Points that will be addressed:

  • Popular support for trade policy is declining rapidly in the US and Europe
  • Trade was a major subject in the Presidential race, with both candidates being vocally opposed to TPP
  • The EU trade policy was on the verge of a crisis last month, when the federal government of Wallonia threatened to block the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)

Marten C. van den Berg is Deputy Minister for Foreign Economic Relations of The Netherlands. Previously, Mr. Marten van den Berg was Special Envoy of the Netherlands for the Ministerial OECD Presidency, head of the Economic Mission of the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC and worked in various functions for both the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Marten van den Berg obtained his Master’s degree at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and studied at the University of Maryland and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

About the author


The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), which is located within the Elliott School of International Affairs, serves as a catalyst for high quality, multi-disciplinary, and non-partisan research on policy issues surrounding economic globalization. The Institute research program helps develop effective policy options and academic analysis in a time of growing controversies about international economic integration in many countries around the world. The institute's work also encompasses policy responses for those who face continued poverty and financial crises despite worldwide economic growth. Affiliated faculty have appointments in the departments of economics, history, and political science as well as the law and business schools.