Carnegie Mellon University

Ira Shapiro: Will the Elections End the Gridlock: The Senate's Crucial Role

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:30-5:45pm, Margaret Morrison 103

Ambassador Ira Shapiro is an international trade lawyer in Washington, D.C.  He has a long and distinguished background in government and politics, having worked twelve years in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, and nearly five years in the Clinton administration in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he became one of America's leading trade negotiators.  He helped complete the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Uruguay Round, the global trade agreement that created the World Trade Organization and established today's global trade rules, and then went on to negotiate solutions to some of the most contentious trade disputes between the United States and Japan and Canada.  Later, while in private practice, Ambassador Shapiro played a key role in completing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization.

Ira has been deeply involved in many presidential campaigns.  He was Deputy Issues Coordinator for Walter Mondale's campaign in 1984, and he was part of the legal team that helped Bill Clinton and Al Gore choose their Vice Presidential candidates.  He is the author of the critically-acclaimed new book, The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis. His first book, The Last Great Senate has been described as a "tour de force" (Washington Post); compared to "Profiles in Courage" for this generation of leaders (Philadelphia Inquirer); and called a "historically and politically artistic work of great brilliance" (Richard A, Baker, Senate Historian Emeritus).

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