Trade Splaining

A fun and entertaining look at current events, trade and the United Nations, brought to you from the perspective of two American expats and UN civil servants living in Switzerland. Hilarity ensues as they try to keep a straight face while recapping the latest in current events and the local scene in Geneva, Switzerland as well as interviews with fellow expats on the international scene and leaders in their respective fields.

Trade, Agriculture and Climate Change: Why It’s Not So Simple

May 4th, 2021

Doaa Abdel-Motaal, Senior Counsellor at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland joins Trade Splaining to talk about the not-so-obvious links between agriculture, trade and sustainability and in between opining on her favorite shawarma, offers up some counter-intuitive advice for consumers and business alike.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Respond to listener mail and introducing the newest member of the team
  • Swiss referendums with trade implications
  • New Zealand embracing automation in the agriculture sector
  • How climate change is affecting the salmon trade
  • Joe Biden's big climate climate plans
  • This week in local Geneva news

Trade, Climate Change & Sustainability

April 27th, 2021

The TradeSplainers are joined by Ronald Steenblik, Non-resident Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development to talk about the links between trade, the environment and sustainability...and why its not always as clear cut as it sounds.

On this episode we discuss:

  • Listener feedback / Hate Mail
  • Global shipping hubs brac for container deluge in the aftermath of the Suez Canal Crisis
  • United States comes under fire for "vaccine hoarding"
  • Proposed climate summit to focus on potential carbon taxes
  • Volkswagen and Porsche are all in on electric
  • Overheard at the UN Beach
  • This Week in Local News

 

Happily “Ever” After: Trade in the Aftermath of the Suez Canal Blockage

April 6th, 2021

Jan Hoffmann, Head of the Trade Logistics Branch at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) joins the Trade Splainers to discuss:

  • What exactly went wrong with the Ever Given in the Suez Canal
  • The impacts of the blockage on shipping and global trade
  • Why containers are so expensive
  • How all of this is compounded by COVID

Trade, Business and Human Rights: Why This Time It’s Different

March 30th, 2021

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Director of the Geneva University Centre for Business and Human Rights and Research Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights joins Trade Splaining to discuss why focusing on human rights makes total business sense for companies, what its like splitting time between New York City and Switzerland and who wins between Lidl and Aldi.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Respond to listener mail
  • New developments on the judiciary front for businesses that violate human rights legislation
  • Nike facing social media backlash in China over Xinjiang
  • The Evergreen Ever Given, the Suez Canal and the plumbing of trade
  • Return of the UN Word of the Day
  • This week in local Geneva news

Services Trade, Globalization and Why Trade Policy Matters

March 11th, 2021

Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist at the World Bank joins Trade Splaining to discuss why services trade is different and how trade policy can help smooth out trade liberalizations rough edges.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Respond to listener mail
  • New leadership at the WTO and UNCTAD
  • Facebook, Google and Australia
  • Covid-induced disruptions in trade patterns
  • Apple car in the news
  • This week in local Geneva news

Digital Trade and Technology: Can Governments Keep Up?

February 16th, 2021

Ziyang David Fan, Head of Digital Trade at the World Economic Forum joins Trade Splaining to continue the discussion on all the things digital, including how new emerging technology is shaping the economic landscape, how governments can keep up and what it means for the rest of us.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Respond to listener mail
  • Potential subscription-based and privacy oriented competitors to the tech giants
  • GameStop
  • Bezos stepping down at Amazon
  • Elon Musk and Dogecoin
  • Google and Australia's new legal battle
  • Data, Big Tech and Possible Regulation
  • Latest in local swiss expat news (hint: ducks)

Special Bonus Episode: Part 2 of Interview with Richard Baldwin

January 28th, 2021

Part 2 of our interview with Richard Baldwin, author of "The Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work" and Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

In this special bonus episode, we continue our discussion on how AI and globalization are reshaping the nature of trade and labor markets, how countries should prepare and what we as workers can do about it. 

Globalization, Technology and the Future of Work in the Age of Globotics

January 21st, 2021

Richard Baldwin, author and Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland joins Trade Splaining to discuss how AI and globalization are reshaping the nature of trade and labor markets, why COVID means this is happening much faster than we may think and what we can do about it. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Kick off 2021 with the biggest news stories of the month
  • Brexit
  • Can trade agreements do more for workers?
  • The EU and China Make a (investment) Deal
  • Data, Big Tech and Possible Regulation
  • How Globotics and COVID are accelerating labor and trade trends
  • Latest in local swiss expat news (hint: Trees)

Holiday Bonus Episode: Part 2 of Matthew Wilson Interview

December 29th, 2020

Matthew Wilson, Chief of Staff at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland joins the Trade Splainers to discuss how small island states are dealing with COVID and climate change, why he's still giving the WTO a chance, why Rihanna is still the greatest....and where he learned to dance to Beyonce's Single Ladies

Revenge of the SIDS: Small Island States, the WTO and Predictions for 2021

December 22nd, 2020

Matthew Wilson, Chief of Staff at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland joins the Trade Splainers to discuss how small island states are dealing with COVID and climate change, why he's still giving the WTO a chance...and why Rihanna is still the greatest.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Recapping the biggest trends of 2020, and what to look out for in 2021
  • Amazon, WTO, Brexit, Fishery Subsidies and more
  • Why taking care of Small Island States says alot about who we are
  • What kind of solutions do we need to address these problems
  • Why Prince Harry and Megan Markle are on the TradeSplainers naughty list
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