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Ed Gerwin

Ed Gerwin is a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also president of Trade Guru LLC.

At PPI Gerwin runs a trade policy program that focuses on how U.S. engagement in the global economy can support greater and more inclusive economic growth and good jobs for more Americans. His work includes extensive writing and research on how digital tools, modern logistics, and smarter policy can help more small businesses benefit from global trade. Gerwin has frequently advised Administration officials, senior Congressional staff, and the broader trade community on substantive and strategic issues related to public support for trade.

Prior to PPI, Gerwin was a Senior Fellow at Third Way and a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. During his 28-year career at Winston & Strawn, Gerwin represented and advised U.S. and global clients on international trade and federal relations matters, including trade agreements, investment, investigations, trade remedies, and legislation.

Gerwin has authored numerous reports on trade policy issues and is a frequent speaker at Congressional, think tank, and business forums. He has also authored editorials on trade topics for publications including Bloomberg, Forbes, The Hill, The Huffington Post, Republic 3.0, Roll Call, and The Wall Street Journal and is a regular commentator on trade policy and politics.

Writings

Publications

By and / 11.17.2017

If there is one thing that negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada agree on, it is that NAFTA should be updated and improved to the mutual benefit of the three partners. The question is how to do so. To grapple with that question, the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey, the largest […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.15.2017

The president is making moves to terminate NAFTA without considering the economic and legal repercussions. Donald Trump has few positive achievements as president. But the man famous for firing people has certainly shown a knack as a terminator: Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and terminated a […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.17.2017

With the rollout of their new “A Better Deal” agenda, congressional Democrats have a chance for a reset with American voters. And nowhere do they need a reset more than on trade. Unfortunately, with their recent announcement of “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs,” Democrats missed a key opportunity to offer a balanced trade plan that […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 8.1.2017

Donald Trump is infatuated with the 2016 election map, which underscores his dominance in red-coded rural counties. Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to “take care” of America’s rural voters who, in return, provided some of his biggest vote margins. It’s ironic, then, that on issues from budgets to healthcare, America’s heartland stands to become an early […]

Press Releases

By / 5.22.2017

PPI Statement on Recent APEC and TPP Developments Recent developments in the Trump Administration’s “America First” trade policy are hardly encouraging for American manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and workers who want to prosper and grow through increased Asia-Pacific trade. At this weekend’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade minsters’ meeting, U.S. officials reportedly wasted […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.17.2017

During the campaign, Donald Trump reserved particular fury for the North American Free Trade Agreement. He blasted NAFTA as “a disaster” and blamed it for lost jobs, closed factories, and economic despair. It’s deeply ironic that renegotiating NAFTA—on a relatively reasonable basis—may be one of his best opportunities for a meaningful political and policy win. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.31.2017

The Trump administration recently released a trade pronouncement that goes beyond the president’s preferred 140-character format. The 2017 Trade Policy Agenda is a report, required by Congress, that highlights Administration priorities on trade. An earlier, leaked version criticized aspects of the global trading system as “untethered from economic realities.” That wonderful phrase is missing from […]

Press Releases

By / 1.23.2017

The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In announcing his decision today to withdraw from the TPP, President Trump claimed that this step was a “great thing.” We strongly disagree. The President’s hasty action on the TPP is bad […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.8.2016

Jobs have been the focal point of 2016’s populist campaign against trade. Trade skeptics like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have railed against open trade and deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as schemes to benefit global elites at the cost of millions of jobs for hardworking Americans. They claim that American workers would be […]

Publications

By / 10.31.2016

Opponents of trade and trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) often frame the trade debate as a battle between “the elites” and average Americans, especially American workers. Trade skeptics charge that America’s pursuit of rules-based, open trade is essentially an exercise that’s by and for big multinationals and the Wall Street one percent, while […]