'Geostrategic Consequences of the US Tariff Policies: An EU Perspective'

A seminar by the EU Ambassador to NZ, H.E. Bernard Savage.

'Geostrategic Consequences of the US Tariff Policies: An EU Perspective'

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Event type: Seminars

14 August 2018 from 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm 14th Aug 2018 1:00pm 14th Aug 2018 2:00pm

Laby Building (LB) LT 118, Victoria University of Wellington

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The Political Science and International Relations Doctoral Association warmly invite you to this seminar:

Speaker: H.E. Bernard Savage, EU Ambassador to New Zealand


In recent years the multilateral system has come under threat. Countries have exceeded their territorial limits and have challenged the validity of the institutions that have encouraged peaceful political and commercial relations between major world powers for the last 70 years. The United States has been central to the development and maintenance of the multilateral system, which makes its decision to impose tariffs on numerous trade partners – including the European Union and New Zealand - all the more damaging. The EU regards itself as the defender of the global rules-based system. This seminar presents its views on the geostrategic consequences of President Trump's tariff policies.

Speaker bio

H.E. Bernard Savage comes to New Zealand from Brussels. He was Head of Division for four Arab Maghreb countries – Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia - during the Arab Spring. From 2009-2013 he was the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The EU was a lead actor in the peace process and nation-rebuilding after Sri Lanka's 20-year civil war. This followed a stint where he was heavily engaged in the Middle East. From 2004-2009 he was the EU Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Prior to that, in 2003, he was the European Commission's Envoy to Iraq. A third focus of his career has been in economic integration. He was responsible for negotiations with future members of the EU on free movement of goods (2001-2003) and for regional economic integration within Southern Africa (2000-2001).

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