Nippon Steel’s proposed $14.1 billion acquisition of U.S. Steel would bring modernization and capital to an American steel industry that needs it. But the proposed deal has sparked bipartisan anger in Washington, review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and potentially a Justice Department investigation.

Join our panel in a discussion about how political threats against the merger are harming America’s manufacturing sector and our trade, antitrust, and foreign policy interests.

When: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Friday, April 12, 2024


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Scott Lincicome is the vice president of general economics and Cato’s Herbert A. Steifel Center for Trade Policy Studies. He writes on international and domestic economic issues, including international trade; subsidies and industrial policy; manufacturing and global supply chains; and economic dynamism. Lincicome is also a senior visiting lecturer at Duke University Law School, where he has taught courses on international trade law. Prior to joining Cato, Lincicome spent two decades practicing international trade law at White & Case LLP. Lincicome has a B.A. in political science from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the university’s School of Law.

Jonathan Samford serves as executive vice president at the Global Business Alliance (GBA), representing international companies that have significant operations in the United States. Samford leads GBA’s advocacy team, overseeing the organization’s government affairs, communications, political and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining GBA in 2013, he served as communications director to a former member of the House Ways and Means Committee and deputy press secretary for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ryan Young is a senior economist at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on regulatory reform, trade policy, antitrust regulation, and other issues. Ryan holds an M.A. in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a B.A. in history from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was previously CEI’s 2009 – 2010 Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow. Before joining CEI, he worked in the Cato Institute’s government affairs department.

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