About the Expert

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Inu Manak is a fellow for trade policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR, she researches and writes on policy issues relevant to U.S. trade policy, including topics such as global trade flows and regional and global trade arrangements. An expert in international political economy, Dr. Manak’s research focuses on U.S. trade policy and the law and politics of the World Trade Organization. Her recent book, The Development Dimension: Special and Differential Treatment in Trade (Routledge Focus, 2021) was co-authored with James Bacchus, the first chairman of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body.

Dr. Manak was most recently a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. Before joining the Cato Institute, she was a junior visiting fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute and a fellow at TradeLab, a Geneva‐​based nongovernmental organization that helps developing countries, subject‐​matter experts, and nongovernmental organizations build legal capacity in trade and investment law.

Dr. Manak is a book review editor for World Trade Review and a participating scholar in the Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative, a joint program between American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the School of International Service. She also serves on the executive board for the TradeExperettes.

Dr. Manak received a PhD in government from Georgetown University, an MA in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and a BA in political science (First Class Honors) from Simon Fraser University.

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