The 2016 presidential contest brought the issue of international trade and the future of free trade agreements, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the center of political debate with stark questions about how the benefits of free trade are distributed domestically.
Please join the World Affairs Council in welcoming Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the WTO, for a discussion on trade and U.S. economic policy, the successes of and challenges for U.S. efforts to build bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, and what role the WTO could play going forward.
A light lunch will be provided.
About the speaker:
Michael Punke serves as Deputy United States Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Michael Punke has worked in the field of international trade law and policy for two decades. From 1995 to 1996, Punke served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. There, he advised the USTR on issues ranging from agricultural trade to intellectual property protection.
From 1993 to 1995, Punke served at the White House as Director for International Economic Affairs with a joint appointment to the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included assisting in the management of the interagency process. From 1991 to 1992, Punke was International Trade Counsel to Senator Max Baucus, then Chairman of the Finance Committee's International Trade Subcommittee. Punke has also worked on international trade issues from the private sector, including as a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe, & Maw. From 2003 to 2009, Punke consulted on public policy issues out of Missoula, Montana.
Punke has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana and as a writer, authoring a novel, two books of nonfiction, and two screenplays. Punke is a graduate of George Washington University and Cornell Law School, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell International Law Journal.