Mark Linscott

  • Trade At A Crossroads: A Vision for the US-India Trade Relationship

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    Trade at a Crossroads: A Vision for the US-India Trade Relationship, a joint report with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and the U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum, provides an expert analysis of the current state of the relationship, including recent negotiations, and recommendations for the path forward in the short-, medium-, and long-term. This report urges both countries to prioritize efforts to manage current tensions, reach an early agreement and build on successes to initiate a series of cooperative projects in areas such as intellectual property rights, digital trade and regulatory coherence, mirroring...

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  • Linscott Joins BBC World News to Discuss US-India Trade Tensions

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  • Trump, Xi Pause US-China Trade War

    Trump lifts some restrictions on Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei

    US President Donald J. Trump agreed on June 29 to lift some restrictions on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and delay imposing new tariffs on Chinese goods. These concessions were announced following a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, at which the two leaders agreed to restart trade negotiations between their countries.

    “Frankly, this was all fairly predictable,” said Mark Linscott, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and a former assistant US trade representative (USTR) for South and Central Asian Affairs.

    “The two sides had already made progress before and intensifying the war is in neither side’s interest,” Linscott said, adding, “At this point, it seems a lot easier to impose tariffs than to lift them, so avoiding new ones makes a lot of sense, particularly to allow


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  • What is Wrong with the WTO?

    Coming up on the anniversary of the July 2018 “trade truce” between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald J. Trump, little progress has been made in trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union. This article is the third in a series that will take stock of the opportunities in and challenges to the deepest trading relationship in the world and focuses on WTO reform.

    The World Trade Organization (WTO), the largest multilateral trade organization and the foundation of the global trading system, has increasingly drawn the ire of the United States and other countries that view the organization as outdated and complacent as other countries skirt the rules to get ahead.

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  • Strengthening the Global Trading Architecture

    On May 3, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of the global trading architecture featuring Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • EU, China Agree to Deepen Trade Ties

    Both sides decide ‘there should not be forced transfer of technology’

    The European Union and China on April 9 agreed to strengthen their trade relationship, cooperate on WTO reform, widen market access, and not force businesses to hand over their intellectual property— the last a longstanding complaint of foreign investors in China.

    The announcement followed a meeting between European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Brussels.

    “We managed to agree a joint statement which sets the direction for our partnership based on reciprocity,” Tusk said.

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  • Wanted: A Spirit of Creativity and Realism on WTO Reform

    For better or worse, the Trump administration has encouraged new soul-searching at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva over the need for reforms to the multilateral trade system. But even well before Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States in November 2016, the United States and other WTO members were already confronting a series of existential questions. 
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  • US-India Trade Relationship Heads into Choppy Waters

    Trump signals end to preferential trade treatment for India

    In a letter to the US Congress on March 4, US President Donald J. Trump wrote that he intends to end preferential trade treatment for India. Trump wrote that he had taken the decision because “after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.” It is important to assess exactly what this decision means and consider the full range of implications for the US-India trade relationship.

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  • Mark Linscott, Previously Assistant USTR For South and Central Asian Affairs, Joins Atlantic Council as a Senior Fellow

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center today named Mark Linscott as a senior fellow. Most recently, Linscott served as Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for South and Central Asian Affairs.

    Linscott will lead the South Asia Center’s US-India Trade Initiative, aimed at convening thought leadership and policy-makers in an effort to maintain focus on the importance of a burgeoning trade relationship between the United States and India.

    “Mark’s addition to our team will be a significant boost given the rapid development of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council CEO and President. “This will build further upon our commitment so the South Asian region and, in...

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