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PANEL | Trump, Trade, Tariffs

April 30, 2018

Thursday, May 3 | 4:00pm – 6:30pm | Sieg Hall, Room 134

Protectionism, in the form of tariff and non-tariffbarriers, is on the rise in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. Do trade wars have winners and losers, as President Trump suggests in his remarks that they “are easy to win”? What are the arguments for and against protectionism and what can we learn from the history of trade wars?

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Featured Panelists:

James CaporasoJim Caporaso – Professor of Political Science, UW
Trump, Protection, and Trade: Global Perspectives

James A. Caporaso (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is a specialist in international political economy and international relations theory. He is a past president of the International Studies Association (1997-98) and past Chair of the European Union Studies Association (1995-97). In 2003 he received an award for Distinguished International Political Economy Scholar from the International Studies Association. He has published articles in International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, American Political Science Review, Journal of European Public Policy and several other journals. He edited Comparative Political Studies until 2013. He is coauthor with David Levine of Theories of Political Economy. His current research is on political institutions and the financial crisis in comparative perspective. Caporaso enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations and international political economy and mentoring graduate students.

Susan Whiting – Associate Professor of Political Science, UW
China’s Rise and US-China Trade

Susan Whiting (Ph.D., Michigan; B.A., Yale) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also holds adjunct appointments in the Jackson School of International Studies and the School of Law. She specializes in Chinese and comparative politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development. Her first book, Power and Wealth in Rural China: The Political Economy of Institutional Change, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2001. She has published articles and chapters on authoritarianism, “rule of law,” property rights, fiscal reform, and rural development in volumes and journals such as Comparative Political Studies and China Quarterly. She has contributed to studies of governance, fiscal reform, and non-government organizations under the auspices of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Ford Foundation, respectively. Her current research interests include property rights in land, the role of law in authoritarian regimes, as well as the politics of fiscal reform. She teaches courses on comparative politics, Chinese politics, property rights, and authoritarian regimes.

Caitlin Ainsley – Assistant Professor of Political Science, UW
The Politics of Bilateral and Multilateral Trade

Caitlin Ainsley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.  Her primary research interests include monetary and currency policy, the institutional design of central banks, and comparative political institutions.  Her dissertation, which she completed in 2016 at Emory University, is a comparative study of central bank appointments, which focuses on how economic volatility and uncertainty affect appointment strategies and potentially undermine the conventional wisdom concerning the benefits of monetary policy delegation to an independent central bank.  Her current work builds on this line of inquiry to examine the implications of transparency in the policymaking process as well as the management (and manipulation) of exchange rates in emerging markets.  At the University of Washington, she teaches Ph.D.-level courses in applied game theory as well as undergraduate courses in game theory and the politics of economic policymaking.

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