Karel de Gucht, the former EU Commissioner for Trade looks at how political and strategic aspects influence the success (or failure) of global trade negotiations, particularly progress on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Karel de Gucht was selected as the European Union Commissioner for Trade in 2010 and served in this position until 2014. As EU Trade Commissioner, de Gucht assisted in pursuing and securing free trade negotiations between the EU and the U.S. through the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He was previously European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid from 2009 to 2010. Before working for the EU, de Gucht served as Belgian Deputy Prime Minister in 2008, Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2004, and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. Since 2002, de Gucht has also held the honorary title of Minister of State in Belgium. De Gucht taught European law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he received his law degree in 1976.