On October 28, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings hosted Pascal Lamy, former director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to deliver the tenth annual Raymond Aron Lecture. In his remarks, Mr. Lamy offered perspectives on the role of global rules and responsibilities in addressing the challenges of an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world. Following Mr. Lamy’s address, Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group, offered remarks in response.
Mr. Lamy served two successive terms as the WTO’s director-general from 2005 to 2013 and is currently the honorary president of the Paris-based think tank, Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Lamy was the European Union’s Trade Commissioner in Brussels. Mr. Zoellick is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard. In addition to his tenure at the World Bank Group, Mr. Zoellick served as deputy secretary of State from 2005 to 2006, and as U.S. trade representative from 2001 to 2005.
Ted Piccone, acting vice president and director of the Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks. Brookings Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists took audience questions.
The Raymond Aron lecture series, named after the renowned scholar of post-war France, annually features leading French and American scholars and statesmen speaking on critical issues affecting the transatlantic relationship.