Nate Olson

Former Director

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Nate Olson is director of the Trade21 program at the Stimson Center. He leads a number of research and outreach efforts that aim to better align the global economy’s regulatory frameworks, private sector business models, and the public interest agenda.

Olson often collaborates with stakeholders in government, industry, and civil society, both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of several public-private initiatives to address issues spanning trade policy, transnational crime, and private sector compliance and due diligence frameworks. He comments frequently on trade and public policy issues at public events and in various media. His current areas of interest include the substantive and institutional scope of trade regimes; cyber governance and the digital economy; international tax issues, including relevant aspects of OECD/G20 proposals and the EU’s “state aid” investigations; the “responsible business conduct” agenda; and medium- and long-term strategies of global firms.

Olson led a landmark Stimson collaboration on trade issues with hundreds of senior industry leaders and practitioners from the manufacturing, financial services, and transport/logistics sectors. Together they identified targeted steps for businesses and policymakers to enhance both economic competitiveness and the security and resilience of global value chains. The effort served as the basis for a widely acclaimed report endorsed by a senior-level Stimson task force that was managed by Olson and composed of private sector experts and former government officials.

Olson previously served as Director of Government Relations for the Project on National Security Reform.

Research & Writing

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Nate Olson Quoted on Trump Visit to Asia

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Nate Olson Quoted on NAFTA Proposal

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Nate Olson Quoted in Politico on Trade Negotiations

Morning Trade – A daily speed read on global trade news. -snip- There’s further concern that the Trump administration might feel “increasingly boxed in” and be driven to take extreme trade action “consequences be damned,” said Nate Olson, dir…

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Nate Olson interviewed on Marketplace radio program on G20 summit

Nate Olson was quoted on Minnesota Public Radio’s Marketplace segment on the global power shifts and economic harm that could result from Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, and how the G20 summit presents challenges and opportunitie…

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Nate Olson interviewed on Voice of America on Trump

Nate Olson was interviewed on Voice of America’s View 360 Urdu television program regarding the upcoming G20 summit and the challenges and allies Trump may encounter there. View the interview here. (9:39-14:43)

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Nate Olson quoted on CNN on Japan-EU free trade deal

On the eve of a G20 summit with Trump, the leaders of Europe and Japan signed a free trade agreement covering more than 600 million people, 30% of the global economy and 40% of total world trade. -snip- “The EU-Japan announcement on a trade deal framew…

Commentary
Nate Olson’s op-ed in The Hill on trade and the skills gap

Workforce development is the archetype of vital-but-unsexy issues. The Trump administration deserves credit for highlighting the potential of expanded apprenticeships and other forms of vocational training. Are they drawing the right lessons for a succ…

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Nate Olson’s op-ed in The Hill on bridging the US skills gap

Workforce development is the archetype of vital-but-unsexy issues. The Trump administration deserves credit for highlighting the potential of expanded apprenticeships and other forms of vocational training. Are they drawing the right lessons for a succ…

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Nate Olson quoted in Los Angeles Times on Trump’s Trade Policy

The Senate on Thursday signed off on President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s chief trade representative, ending more than four months of delays that the administration blamed for slowing its initiatives on trade, including effor…

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Nate Olson quoted in Manufacturing.net on World Trade

President Donald Trump over the weekend signed an executive order directing top cabinet officials to review the nation’s trade agreements — including commerce governed by the World Trade Organization. -snip- “Trade wars break out when the rul…

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Nate Olson quoted in The Los Angeles Times on U.S.-Canadian Trade Relations

The Trump administration is slapping hefty duties on billions of dollars of lumber imported from Canada, marking an escalation of trade tensions ahead of the president’s promised effort to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. -snip- “…

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Nate Olson quoted in Bloomberg News on U.S.-China Trade Relations

China’s President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump appear to be operating on vastly different time scales when it comes to bilateral economic relations. -snip- The BIT “could be a natural vehicle for a ‘grand bargain’ that goes far in r…

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Nate Olson, William Reinsch, and Yun Sun quoted in U.S. News & World Report on Trump and China

Senior government delegations led by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were initially tight-lipped about the results of their two-day meeting last week at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. -snip- “To my understanding, as…

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Nate Olson quoted in U.S. News & World Report on Using Trade Against North Korea

In his quest to make America great again, President Donald Trump on the campaign trail and in the Oval Office has fought to maintain the element of surprise. -snip- “It is not at all plausible or in any way advisable that we would actually follow throu…

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Nate Olson quoted in Politico on Possible U.S.-China Trade Deals

President Donald Trump told the Financial Times in an interview published Sunday that he would press Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Mar-a-Lago this week to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and also held out the p…

Commentary
Trump and Trade: No Room for Error

By Nate Olson Are the U.S. and China headed for a trade war? Many analysts and investors think it quite possible. Top Chinese officials have seen fit to underline the mutual harm it would brin…

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Nate Olson’s Op-Ed in US News & World Report on Trump and Trade

Are the U.S. and China headed for a trade war? Many analysts and investors think it quite possible. Top Chinese officials have seen fit to underline the mutual harm it would bring. As it is, w…

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Nate Olson quoted in Los Angeles Times on Trump’s Approach to Trade

The Trump administration Wednesday sent its strongest signal yet that it was prepared to buck the international trade order, including confronting the World Trade Organization, to assertively defend the economic interests…

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Nate Olson quoted in Politico on Trump’s Trade Powers

The Trump administration sent shockwaves through the world of trade yesterday when the Financial Times reported that it was looking for ways to bypass the World Trade Organization, the 22-year-old oversight body that adjudicates trade dispute…

Commentary
Stimson Statements: Olson, Reinsch Analyze US Withdrawal from TPP

In the wake of President Donald J. Trump signing an executive action today that withdrew the United States from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries —…

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Nate Olson quoted in Marketplace on the Trump administration’s position on the TPP

Among the campaign promises President-elect Donald Trump seems intent on keeping  is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific countries has yet to be approved by Congress. Bu…

Commentary
Trump and Trade: Now for the Hard Part

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2017 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. Click here to read the full s…

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Nate Olson quoted in La Cuarta Columna on Trump and the TPP

During the campaign for presidential elections Donald Trump presented a program full of proposals, many of them rupturistas with the legacy of Barack Obama , as the end of Obamacare or a tightening of immigration policy. However for…

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Nate Olson quoted in La Cuarta Columna on Trump and the TPP

During the campaign for presidential elections Donald Trump presented a program full of proposals, many of them rupturistas with the legacy of Barack Obama , as the end of Obamacare or a tightening of immigration policy. However for…

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Nate Olson quoted in Business Insider on Trump’s potential first days in office

Donald Trump made a lot of promises during his campaign for president, but he’s hinted at what his top initiatives would be once he assumes office. Immigration was key to the Republican president-elect’s campaign platform, and so was repealing and repl…

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Nate Olson quoted in Politico on lack of hope for the TPP

Say a final goodbye to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Donald Trump’s historic victory on Tuesday has killed any chance of Congress voting on President Barack Obama’s signature Asia-Pacific agreement in the lame-duck session that begins next week, say a…

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Nathaniel Olson cited in China News on G20 Summit

2016 Group of Twenty (G20) summit will be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China September 4 to 5. This is the first time in China at the G20 summit, the summit looking forward to the outside world with the “Chinese Brand” to the world economy surprise…

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Nate Olson quoted in Politico on Trump’s Proposed Trade Plan

EX-IM FEELS THE WEIGHT OF A YEAR OF INSTABILITY: The Export-Import Bank has had a turbulent year, and its latest global competitiveness survey shows the effects of a months-long lapse in authorization it suffered last year and a continuing lack of…

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Nate Olson and William Reinsch quoted in American Shipper on Brexit and Trade Implications

   The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union last week could impact more than just trade with the UK, according to the nonprofit public policy institute the Stimson Center.    The so-called “Brexit” may have implications…

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Nate Olson and William Reinsch quoted in Financial Post on Possible British Talent and Capital Decline After Brexit

The same forces that helped build London into a global financial superpower now appear to be lining up against it as the dust settles from last week’s Brexit vote. Long viewed as a top destination for bankers and businesses seeking a gateway to Europe,…

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Nate Olson and William Reinsch quoted in American Journal of Transportation on Brexit and Trade Implications

In light of the U.K.‘s vote to leave the EU, experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center released the following statements and are available for comment on the implications that the Brexit vote could have on trade — including the Transatlantic Trade an…

Commentary
Stimson Experts Analyze Brexit’s Implications on Trade with U.S.

In light of the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU, experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center released the following statements on the implications that the Brexit vote could have on trade — including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP…

Announcement
William A. Reinsch Joins Stimson Center as Distinguished Fellow

William A. Reinsch has joined the Stimson Center as a Distinguished Fellow, the Stimson Center announced today. Reinsch joins Stimson’s new Trade in the 21st Century initiative (Trade21), led by Nate Olson. Trade21 promotes a public interest agenda by…

Report
Trade Network Transparency

Trade network transparency entails two dimensions of global commerce: business relationships and chain of custody. Historically, most security programs, including those focused on nonproliferation, have focused on ensuring a proper chain of custody – t…

Commentary
Combating Illicit Trade through Transparency

By Nate Olson:  It is a bitter irony that globalization has actually made much of trade and investment activity less transparent. The scale and technological sophistication of global value chains, along with their reach across multiple legal juris…

Commentary
Analysis Of State Of The Union Address

Following last night’s State of the Union address — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency — experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze and provide context on the president’s remarks: Johan Bergenas, Director, Partnerships in Security…

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Nate Olson Quoted In POLITICO On Cyber Deal With China

THE NEGLECTED CYBER ANGLE ON THE CHINA DEAL -snip- Much of the attention on last week’s cyber deal with China has focused on whether that agreement will actually curtail Chinese economic espionage; while that’s important, the Stimson Center’s Nate Olso…

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Interview with Nate Olson in Al Arabiya / Al Hadath on the Iran nuclear deal

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Op-ed by Nate Olson in Reuters on the economics of the Iran deal

The twists and turns on the path to the final deal on Iran’s nuclear program might pale in comparison to those yet to come. Here’s a kicker: Delivering on one of the deal’s most important commitments will depend on a party that was never at the negotia…

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Nate Olson’s “The Changing Sanctions Landscape” event featured in Brink

Violence in Ukraine. Abuse of human rights in Syria. Repression of democratic freedoms in Burma. These are only the most recent issues leading to the use of sanctions across the world by the U.S., but they join decades-old embargoes in cementing a grow…

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Stimson-organized Trade Security Steering Group cited in The Daily Bugle

The Trade Security Steering Group – an informal group of trade specialists organized by the StimsonCenter and the National Association of Manufacturers – supports a range of public – private initiatives to more effectively mitigate international securi…

Trade-Security Nexus a Potent Force in 2015

2015 could be a big year in trade says Research Analyst Nate Olson, and that could make for a big impact on the global security environment. Olson discusses Stimson’s pragmatic work in the field and what the rest of the year may bring. Watch video belo…

Commentary
Trade and Security: A Potent Force in 2015

In the U.S., North America, and beyond — 2015 could be a big year in trade. Sooner or later, that could make for a big impact on the global security environment. That would not necessarily be good news. Recent history is replete with examples of how th…

Report
Making Public-Private Security Cooperation More Efficient, Effective and Sustainable

In May 2014, Stimson’s Partners in Prevention Task Force endorsed seven proposals to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives. Directed mainly at US policy and industry stakeholders, the recommendations were the result…

Commentary
Innovation leads Partners in Prevention project

Stimson’s Partners in Prevention project seeks to advance mutually beneficial government-industry partnerships. The effort is built on Stimson’s strong relationships with industry partners, including high-tech manufacturers and service providers, trans…

Commentary
Nate Olson’s column on public-private cooperation is published in Ideas Lab

Combating Terrorism, Illicit Trafficking Needs More Agile, Non-Regulatory Tools  A global economy has empowered criminals and terrorists on a global scale, with growing consequences for both governments and the private sector. But U.S. exporters,…

Commentary
Does ‘Market Power’ Trump ‘Superpower’?

Illicit trade in weapons, narcotics, counterfeit goods and much more has found many seams where even the most well-resourced law enforcement and intelligence efforts don’t suffice. While global flows of goods and information have brought great prosperi…

Commentary
Enhancing Global Security Requires Public-Private Coordination on Supply Chains

Amid the diplomatic breakthrough at the Security Council and arrival of the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Damascus, many observers have lost sight of two key questions about Syria: How did the regime get its chemical weapons, and h…

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Brian Finlay in World Politics Review:Enhancing global security requires public-private coordination

Amid the diplomatic breakthrough at the Security Council and arrival of the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Damascus, many observers have lost sight of two key questions about Syria: How did the regime get its chemical weapons, and h…

Report
Market Power: Adapting Public and Private Roles for Transnational Commerce and Transnational Threats

There is urgent need for a “new normal” in public-private relationships on security issues. This report aims to kick-start a new dialogue on making that a reality. Nate Olson and Brian Finlay of Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative…

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