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From the early days of the Silk Road and Mediterranean shipping to the creation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its successor - the World Trade Organization (WTO), trade has played an important role in supporting economic development and promoting peaceful relations among nations. 


Trade disputes and trade restrictions are the historical norm.  GATT and WTO were created post-WWII to promote a multi-lateral trading system aimed at reducing tariffs and other trade barriers.  This neo-liberal global order – is now in retreat. Numerous countries, notably the US and China, are raising tariffs on each other’s goods; others, such as Great Britain, are leaving their trade block.


Ann, a senior advisor to the United Nations, will be talking about how the system boiled  over into a retaliatory trade war, including the use of blunt instruments such as tariffs, quotas or bans? When do these instruments expand into political directives – designed to curb child labor practices, promote democracy, or even punish a sovereign regime? Following the elections, what are the priorities of the new administration and how will they shape trade polict and impact the economy going forward? 


About Ann Berg:

Ann Berg is a leading expert in commodities, commodity futures, and food security issues, and a senior advisor to the UN. She is a former grain exporter, futures trader and Chicago Board of Trade director. She has worked for intergovernmental organizations including the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the European Commission, policy think tanks and multinational corporations.


As an emerging market specialist, she has participated in commodity exchange development in Turkey, Egypt, India, Vietnam, Ukraine, and Trinidad. Currently, she is a senior advisor to the United Nations - Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy, where she recently presented Trade Disputes- Antecedents and Outcomes. Ms. Berg also writes for financial publications and is an exhibiting artist.


For more information about Ms. Berg and her great work, please visit her website: www.annberg.com

International Press Club of Chicago February 2021 Program:

DATE:  Thursday, February 25, 2021



PROGRAM:  "Tariffs and Trade: Global Trade Tensions"


International Press Club of Chicago January 2021 Program:

DATE:  Wednesday, January 13, 2021


GUEST SPEAKER:  Stehpen Kinzer

PROGRAM:  Poisoner In Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind-Control


The award-winning foreign correspondent Kinzer's latest book, "Poisoner In Chief," is a stunning story of CIA's mind-control projects. Sidney Gottlieb made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace - including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. "Poisoner in Chief" reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale.

About Kinzer:

Kinzer spent more than 20 years reporting for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. In 1983 he became the first Times bureau chief in Nicaragua. Later he headed Times bureaus in Germany and Istanbul. He is the author of ten books, of which "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control” is the most recent. Kinzer presently writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe and is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.


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