Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has compounded supply chains and trade flows disruptions after the COVID pandemic. Sanctions and other restrictive measures may add fuel to the fire. Many countries, including the US and in Europe, are considering localizing production, especially of critical components and food. Shortening supply chains and “friend-shoring” production processes are new but significant trends. How would this work? What are implications for our economic ties to developing economies, and for the transatlantic economy itself?

Against this backdrop, the GeoEconomics Center will holding a discussion on global supply chains and the transatlantic economy on May 19, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. We will be welcoming Tomas Baert, Head of Trade and Agriculture, Delegation of the European Union, Beth Baltzan, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative, and Charles Lichfield, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. This discussion will be moderated by Julia Friedlander, C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Economic Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.


Tomas Baert
Head of Trade and Agriculture
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Beth Baltzan
Senior Advisor
United States Trade Representative

Charles Lichfield
Deputy Director
GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council


Julia Friedlander
C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Director
Economic Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

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