The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration

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Shortly after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The withdrawal from this agreement, which was previously billed by the Obama administration as a way to enhance American economic growth and sustain American influence in the Asia Pacific region, signified a major shift in US trade policy. What will be the future of Asia Pacific economic integration following the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? What local and regional impacts will this withdrawal have for the United States on foreign direct investment and trade from Asia?

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8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. Panel 1: The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration


Bart Edes, North American Representative, Asian Development Bank 

Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia 

Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

Moderator: Karl Friedhoff, Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

10:15 a.m. Coffee and Networking Break

10:30 a.m. Panel 2: Foreign Direct Investment in the Midwest United States 


Jonathon Hallberg, Executive Director, Jefferson County Development Corporation 

Jason Hester, President, Greater Columbus, Indiana Economic Development Corporation 

James Mathis, General Manager, Manufacturing Operations, Komatsu America Corp – Peoria Operations 

Kei Pang, Chief Executive Officer, Nidec Motor Corporation 

Moderator: Mike Lev, Member, Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Panel 3: Trade after US Withdrawal from the TPP


Shihoko Goto, Senior Northeast Asia Associate, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 

Christopher Nelson, Fellow for US-Asia Relations, Sasakawa USA; Editor and Publisher, The Nelson Report 

Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics 

Yorizumi Watanabe, Professor of International Political Economy, Keio University 

Moderator: Phil Levy, Senior Fellow, Global Economy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

1:15 p.m. Adjournment