Choices: Tariffs and Trade
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Choices: Tariffs and Trade

For the first week of our Choices Election Issues Series, we will be joined by Ambassador Ron Kirk, Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. The program will be moderated by Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CT. All Choices series events will take place digitally on the Zoom platform.

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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About the Speaker

Ambassador Ron Kirk is Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. Prior to joining the firm in April 2013, Amb. Kirk served as the 16th United States Trade Representative (USTR) and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. Amb. Kirk successfully negotiated the conclusion and Congressional passage of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Korea, and Russia’s entry in the World Trade Organization. He was also responsible for U.S. trade policy involving agriculture; industry; services and investment; intellectual property; environment; labor; development and preference programs.


About the Moderator

Raj Bhala, an Indian-American born in Toronto, Canada, joined the KU Law faculty in 2003 and serves as the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor. He received the 2011 Woodyard International Educator Award, a university-wide award granted to one faculty member for outstanding contributions to internationalization efforts, the 2010 Moreau Award for advising and counseling students, and a 2008 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence. One of the world’s top-most scholars and teachers in international trade law, Bhala has worked in 29 countries and played in another 20 countries.

Bhala is a member of England's Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations, American Law Institute, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and All India Law Teacher's Congress. The Indian Society of International Law has conferred on him Life Membership.

The cost of admission is donation-based, with a suggested $20 donation for individual programs, and $100 for access to all 8 Choices Election Series programs. Students and those experiencing financial hardship are welcome to register for a complimentary ticket. 


Program Materials 
(Provided by the Bertelsmann Foundation)

Trade War 2020

Additional Resources
New trade-related column in Bloomberg Quint (Mumbai) by moderator Raj Bhala (September 7, 2020)
(for access instructions, please email Matthew Hughes)


Global Conversation Sponsor

Sustaining Conversation Sponsors

Nicole Gresham Perry


Educational Partner



Supporting Series Sponsor

Nancy C. Messer


About the Choices Election Issues Series
The 2020 presidential election will present the American people with consequential choices around international challenges and the future of U.S. foreign policy. In the eight weeks leading up to November 3, the International Relations Council will offer a series of insightful conversations with notable experts on foreign policy issues relevant to this year’s election and what comes next. Rather than advocate a particular approach or outcome, the nonpartisan  Choices series will serve to inform voters through a presentation of historical context and a detailed examination of the foreign policy platforms of the major-party candidates. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage the community to join us in meaningful discourse around these issues of global importance.


For series or topic sponsorship information,
please contact Matthew Hughes.