FOTAR (Future of Transatlantic Relations) is a conference format devised and run by Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung and supported by generous funding from Hamburg’s Ministry for Science, Research, Equality and Districts. It brings together decision-makers, academics, civil society and business representatives from the US and Europe to debate current trends and future scenarios of the transatlantic partnership. FOTAR is held in Hamburg every two years.

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FOTAR2022: The Changing Politics of Transatlantic Trade Relations

International Conference | Hamburg, 8 December 2022

Globalisation is under a strain. As global supply chains are suffering from Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the afterpains of the pandemic, there is renewed attention to the politics of international trade. Trade is a cornerstone of the transatlantic partnership. But amid a multitude of global crises, classical liberal paradigms such as the invisible hand of the market and the democratising effect of trade integration are questioned on both sides of the Atlantic, demanding a stronger role of the state.

For the third time, the FOTAR (Future of Transatlantic Relations) conference format, hosted by the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung, invites distinguished international speakers to discuss how the transatlantic trade partnership can contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the global economic system: How can transatlantic partners in the public and private sectors embed human rights in their global value chains? What can transatlantic trade do to fight climate change? How can the EU-US trade partnership safeguard energy security and technological progress for good? And how can transatlantic partners confront rising social inequality with their trade policies?

A Human Face for Trade: Human rights and global trade
Democratic values build the foundation of the transatlantic security and trade partnership. Internationally interconnected through global supply chains, the protection of human rights cannot end at transatlantic borders. How can the United States and the European Union speak up for human rights along their global lines of production amid rising tensions with Russia and China?

Transatlantic Climate Action Needed: Trading for a Healthier Planet
To achieve the desired global climate mitigation results requires action on global trade: together with China, the US and the EU account for about half of global trade and CO2 emissions. What are potential transatlantic trade policy instruments to complement international efforts? Is it possible to reconcile short-time energy security with long-term sustainability? And how can a new transatlantic commitment to green trade make a global impact?

The Race for Technology: Building Resilient Transatlantic Trade Relations
Transatlantic and Chinese economies are closely integrated, while their governments are engaging in an intensifying systemic rivalry. Having the edge on new technologies will be match-winning. What makes global supply chains resilient when facing interdependent great power competition? How can EU-US trade policies shield emerging technologies from the abuse by authoritarian governments but support legitimate trade and advancement in these technologies?

Transatlantic Trade for Good: Fighting Social Inequality
Globalisation produces winners and losers everywhere. Social inequality and its economic and political consequences have become a major global and transatlantic societal challenge, marginalising those already discriminated, polarising societies, and eroding democratic institutions. How can transatlantic trade become a tool for socioeconomic inclusion in the European Union, the United States and beyond? To what extent can transatlantic partners fight the imminent food crisis in the Global South? What trade policies put people first to foster prosperity for all?

Green and Just Trade in Action: A Business Perspective
American and European businesses play a vital role in bringing ambitions of transatlantic trade politics into action. How can business actors contribute to a just and green transformation of trade?

Programme

KEYNOTE WITH Q&A: A Human Face for Trade: Human rights and global trade

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Democratic values build the foundation of the transatlantic security and trade partnership. Internationally interconnected through global supply chains, the protection of human rights cannot end at transatlantic borders. How can the United States and the European Union speak up for human rights along their global lines of production amid rising tensions with Russia and China?

SPEAKERS

Malin Oud, Raoul Wallenberg Institute Stockholm

Moderator: Elisabeth Winter, Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung

PANEL 1: Transatlantic Trade for Good: Fighting Social Inequality

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Globalisation produces winners and losers everywhere. Social inequality and its economic and political consequences have become a major global and transatlantic societal challenge, marginalizing those already discriminated, polarizing societies and eroding democratic institutions. How can transatlantic trade become a tool for socioeconomic inclusion in the European Union, the United States and beyond? To what extent can transatlantic partners fight the imminent food crisis in the Global South? What trade policies put people first to foster prosperity for all?

SPEAKERS

Matt Duss, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Svenja Hahn, MEP (Renew Europe); Member of INTA

Madita Standke-Erdmann, National Council of German Women’s Organizations

Lori Wallach, American Economic Liberties Project

Moderator: PD Dr. Andreas Grimmel, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg

PANEL 2: The Race for Technology: Building Resilient Transatlantic Trade Relations

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Transatlantic and Chinese economies are closely integrated, while their governments are engaging in an intensifying systemic rivalry. Having the edge on new technologies will be match-winning. What makes global supply chains resilient when facing interdependent greatpower competition? How can EU-US trade policies shield emerging technologies from the abuse by authoritarian governments but support legitimate trade and advancement in these technologies?

SPEAKERS

Berend Diekmann, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWi)

Adam S. Hersh, Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C

James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Tim Rühlig, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Natalie Schnelle, SAP SE

Moderator: Julia Friedlander, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.

PANEL 3: Transatlantic Climate Action Needed: Trading for a Healthier Planet

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

To achieve the desired global climate mitigation results requires action on global trade: together with China, the US and the EU account for about half of global trade and CO2 emissions. What are potential transatlantic trade policy instruments to complement international efforts? Is it possible to reconcile short-time energy security with long-term sustainability? And how can a new transatlantic commitment to green trade make a global impact?

SPEAKERS

Samantha Gross, Brookings Institution

W. Gyude Moore, Center for Global Development

Dr. Nina Scheer, MdB (SPD)

Andreas Weichert: Embassy of Canade to Germany; Commercial & Economic Affairs

Moderator: Prof Dr. Markus Kotzur, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg

About the Cooperation

between Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung

Europa-Kolleg HamburgBundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung
The Europa-Kolleg Hamburg is an internationally recognised, interdisciplinary institution for education and research in the field of European integration. With the Institute for European Integration and two Master Programmes, the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg offers an excellent platform for research, teaching and learning in the area of European studies. Renowned lecturers, the specialised library for European studies, the integrated residential area, important projects, events and publications provide a stimulating environment for students and researchers from around the world who have the highest expectations in the area of European integration.

The Europa-Kolleg Hamburg was founded in 1953 as a non-profit-making foundation under private law. The foundation has the objective of furthering research and academic teachings in the area of European Integration and international cooperation. The foundation contributes to the financing thereof and executes all the connected administrative tasks. The foundation is supervised by an Honorary Board and is advised by a Board of Trustees.
The Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung commemorates one of the most important 20th-century German statesmen. As a future-oriented think tank, it addresses issues that also interested Schmidt. Three overarching programmes are at the heart of the foundation’s work programme: 1) European and International Politics, 2) Global Markets and Social Justice and 3) Democracy and Society.

Closely meshed with these programmes, the permanent exhibition “Schmidt! Living democracy” in Hamburg’s city centre reflects almost half a century of German and international contemporary history. It places the achievements of its namesake in current and historical context. In the Helmut Schmidt-Archiv in Hamburg’s Langenhorn neighbourhood, the foundation makes the private documents of Schmidt and his wife Loki available to researchers and grants the public access to the Schmidts’ former private home.
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