Young Speaks to Atlanta Council on International Relations
Dr. Alasdair Young, Associate Professor, Jean Monnet Chair, and Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, spoke on "The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership," at the Atlanta Council on International Relations. Approximately 50 people attended the talk, including the Consul General of Ireland, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, and the Honorary Consul of Estonia.
The talk introduced the economic and political significance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, which began between the United States and the European Union in July. In the light of the high-level political stocktaking earlier in the week, it identified the procedural and political challenges the negotiations face. It concluded that a agreement is unlikely to be reached by the end of 2014, as planned, and that the outcome is likely to be less rather than more ambitious. While any agreement is unlikely to make many (if any) worse off, many are likely to be dissatisfied with what is achieved. Securing ratification of an agreement, therefore, will require managing that disappointment.