Managing Sino-Western Relations in the New Geoeconomic World Order: Panel III - The Future of Multilateral Economic Governance

invitation only · Webinar · 24.03.2022 10:00 - 11:45

invitation only

The new era of geoeconomic competition is putting pressure on the rules and institutions that govern the international economy. Economic and security thinking is increasingly converging with a greater focus on relative economic gains and zero-sum competition, given their implications for security, rather than mutual economic benefits. As a result, multilateral economic organizations such as the WTO find themselves side-stepped and weakened. This panel discusses the effects of the accelerating geoeconomic competition on the future of multilateral economic governance. Can multilateral economic governance be revived under these conditions? 


Daniele Archibugi

Professor, Birkbeck, University of London

Daniele Archibugi is a Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at Birkbeck College. He graduated in Economics at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza' and took his DPhil at the SPRU, University of Sussex. Professor Archibugi works on innovation, globalization and international relations. He has worked and taught at the Universities of Sussex, Naples, Cambridge, Harvard, Rome LUISS and others. He also held courses at Asian Universities such as Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto and at the SWEFE University, Chengdu.

Susan Sell

Professor, Australian National University

Susan K. Sell is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at Australian National University. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of California – Berkeley. She taught at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School before joining the George Washington University. There, she was a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. She served as Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington from 2007-2012. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of International Political Economy; the European Journal of International Relations, and Global Governance. She serves on the Board of Geneva-based Health Policy Watch, a reporting service targeted at under-resourced negotiating delegations. Professor Sell has been a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the World Health Organization.

Pasi-Heikki Vaaranmaa

Director, Trade Policy Unit, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Pasi-Heikki Vaaranmaa is the Director for the Trade Policy Unit at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He has previously served as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the OECD and as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. He has been at the Ministry since 1997 and has a MA from the University of Tampere.


Oliver Letwin

Chair, Project for Peaceful Competition

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin was Minister for Government Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2010 to 2016, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 2014 to 2016. During his time in government, he also chaired the Home Affairs Committee and a range of other cabinet committees, acted as Minister for National Resilience, and was a member of the National Security Council. He was elected to the UK Parliament in 1997 as MP for West Dorset. In Opposition from 1998-2010, he was Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, and Chairman of the Conservative Policy Review and of the Conservative Research Department. Sir Letwin is currently a Vice President of the Great Britain China Centre, a Senior Fellow of the Legatum Institute, a Senior Adviser to the Faraday Institution, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge. He holds a PhD from Cambridge.