Predictions about the advent of a new era in US policy and sweeping changes to past approaches accompanied the arrival of the new US President. In fact, the Trump administration is perpetuating many existing policies – albeit with one major exception: it is taking a fundamentally different approach to free trade by rejecting multilateral treaties and essentially declaring a return to bilateral economic relations and the principles of mercantilism. When the world’s largest economy shifts its priorities, it inevitably affects everyone else. How will world trade be structured with Washington pursuing a policy of ‘America First’? How will this impact international institutions, and how will the ideas of protectionism change the nature of economic and financial flows? And how should other economies react – advocate the adoption of universal rules of the game, or focus on saving themselves?
John Defterios , Emerging Markets Editor, CNN
Andrei Bystritsky , Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club
George Mark Malloch Brown , Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (2006)
Daniel Russell , President, Chief Executive Officer, US–Russia Business Council (USRBC)
Xu Sitao , Chief Economist, Partner, Deloitte, China
Igor Shuvalov , First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Ksenia Yudaeva , First Deputy Governor, Central Bank of the Russian Federation