On September 28, 2022, the Washington Foreign Law Society awarded the Harry LeRoy Jones Award to the United States Trade Representative, H.E. Ambassador Katherine Tai, at is 2022 Annual Gala and 70th Anniversary celebration. Ambassador Tai was introduced by H.E. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Ambassador to the United States. A copy of the program can be found here.
Accepting the prize, Ambassador Tai noted:
We meet in a time of great anxiety. We are still grappling with the supply chain disruptions and economic fallout from the pandemic. Russia’s illegal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has killed and displaced millions of people. Putin’s war of choice has driven up the price of food and fuel, and has caused global insecurity in both sectors. It has also exposed the limits of a key premise underlying the current multilateral trading system—that increased trade flows and economic interdependence would guarantee peace among nations.
These hardships—and the questions they pose about our future—are real and profound.
But these are also times of hope and opportunity. A time for partnership and renewed engagement. As President Biden reiterated at the United Nations last week, “the United States is opening an era of relentless diplomacy to address the challenges that matter most to people’s lives—all people’s lives.”
Ambassador Tai’s full remarks are available here.
The Washington Foreign Law Society is deeply grateful to Ambassador Tai, Ambassador Lambrinidis, and supporting staff for making this event possible.
Photos of the event are available below (courtesy of Brad Edelman):