01 Sep 2020 | 45 min.

The Vote that Changed the World

Twenty years ago this September 19, the U.S. Senate rendered a decision that continues to define American politics. The Senate’s vote to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China ensured enactment, propelling the geopolitics of the twenty-first century and unleashing the populism that increasingly animates the American electorate. In this inaugural episode of The Political Risk Brief, Baron’s leadership analyzes the political forces that drove the 2000 legislative outcome, the damage inflicted on the elite policy consensus in the aftermath of PNTR with China, and the implications today for political and business leaders.