Susan Ariel Aaronson is a CIGI senior fellow. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights. As part of her work for CIGI, Susan is currently developing a digital trade and digital protectionism strategy for Canada. She is also co-authoring a paper with Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond about China’s efforts to be a leader in the digital trade sphere.

In addition to her work at CIGI, Susan is research professor of international affairs and GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She was the former Minerva Chair at the National War College.

Susan is the author of six books and numerous articles. Her work has been funded by major international foundations including the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; governments such as the Netherlands, United States and Canada; the United Nations, International Labour Organization and the World Bank; and US corporations including Google, Ford Motor and Levi Strauss. Susan is also a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and international economic developments. She regularly comments on international economics on Marketplace and was a monthly commentator on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Susan has appeared on CNN, CBC, the BBC and NPR to discuss trade and globalization issues. From 1995 to1999, she was a guest scholar in economics at the Brookings Institution, and from 2008 to 2012 she was a research fellow at the World Trade Institute. In her spare time, Susan enjoys triathlons and ballet.



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