Washington, D.C. - Lee H. Hamilton, director of the , announced today the appointment of U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. While at the Center, she will write and speak about U.S. trade policy and its place in contemporary American economic and foreign policy.

For the last four years, Ambassador Barshefsky has been the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), after serving as Deputy USTR for three years and one year as Acting USTR. During her tenure, USTR has negotiated more than 300 separate trade agreements, including the historic bilateral agreement with China on the terms of its accession to the World Trade Organization, as well as Congressional passage of permanent normal trade relations for China.

"The Wilson Center is delighted to welcome Charlene Barshefsky as a Public Policy Scholar," said Hamilton. "Ambassador Barshefsky has served with great distinction as United States Trade Representative for the past four years. She brings to the Wilson Center tremendous experience and expertise about international trade, law, and policy."

"I am looking forward to working over the next several months with Lee Hamilton, director of the Center, and the other distinguished scholars there," said Ambassador Barshefsky who will begin her appointment at the Center on January 22.