The Role of Middle Powers in moving global trade forward

How are medium powers impacted by the shifting global trading system?

This podcast episode was recorded on 16th August 2022.


Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute


Sam Lowe, Partner and Head of Trade and Market Access Practice, Flint Global

Dr Taeho Bark, President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute

The 2022 edition of the AIG Global Trade Series explores the competition and connectedness that characterise the current trade landscape.

In this podcast, Rem Korteweg (Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute) is joined by Sam Lowe (Partner and Head of Trade and Market Access Practice, Flint Global) and Dr Taeho Bark (President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute). Listen as they discuss what role can middle powers play in moving global trade forward.

Earlier episodes have discussed the tremendous strain on the global trade system since the pandemic.   With supply chains being reordered and national security concerns driving quasi-protectionist policies, there is a risk of the system fragmenting into a series of regulatory blocs. Where would that leave important trading powers that pursue independent trade policies but are invariably affected by the action of the major global players, the US, China and the EU? What role can these middle powers play in salvaging globalisation and renewing multilateralism? And how are they responding to the challenge, both individually and in collaboration with others?


The Global Trade Series is a collaboration between AIG and the following international organizations with leading expertise on global trade: the Aspen Institute Germany; Chatham House (UK); the Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands); Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center (US); the International Chamber of Commerce (UK and France); the Italian Institute for International Political Studies; the Jacques Delors Institute (France); the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (Japan) and the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade (Switzerland).

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