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The Center for Commerce and Diplomacy aims to connect local and national communities by providing a regular forum for dialogue among opinion leaders, academic, business, government and policy experts. This is being accomplished through conferences, workshops, a speaker series and public events that emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement.

Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) Speaker Series

This formal speaker series, co-sponsored by the Center for Global Transformation, is for faculty and Ph.D. students who are eager to engage with the world's leading scholars. Learn more about the series here.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Conference on Rational Inattention and Political Economy
Nov. 9, 2019
The first conference on Rational Inattention and Political Economy will be a small, high-quality research conference intended to push forward the research agenda on limited-attention politics. It will be held on Nov 9, 2019, at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Learn more.

Past Events

Forging the Pacific Century – GPS 30th Anniversary Events

April 26, 2019
Day 1: Forging the Pacific Century – A GPS 30th Anniversary Event
This year, GPS celebrates our 30th Anniversary. The first day featured panel discussions with international thought leaders on topics likely to dominate the news cycles in the future. CCD Director Renee Bowen moderated the 9:15 a.m. panel on "Policy Uncertainty and Business."

April 27, 2019
Day 2: Forging the Pacific Century – A GPS 30th Anniversary Event
GPS faculty provided TED-style talks on four key challenges of equality, prosperity, sustainability and conflict to continued progress in the 21st Century. CCD Director Renee Bowen presented at the 11:00 a.m. panel on "The Challenge of Prosperity."

View all videos from the GPS 30th Weekend Celebration here. 

Domestic Politics of Free Trade Agreements

March 19, 2019 | Program | Photos
Domestic Politics of Free Trade Agreements: Implications for US-Japan Relations
It comes as no surprise that domestic political forces complicate and create obstacles to cooperation that can impede trade agreements. But what is the current situation between the US and Japan? What courses of action are decision makers being advised to pursue? Guests enjoyed an evening of dialogue as CCD convened top scholars and policy experts from the U.S. and Japan to strategize on how to achieve optimal economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

Cosponsored by: Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, Center for Global Transformation and Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation.

San Diego 2049: Radical Economies

Feb. 19, 2019 | Video
San Diego 2049: Radical Economies
With co-author Eric Posner, Glen Weyl argues for a new way to organize markets in the book "Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society." They seek to demonstrate why private property is inherently monopolistic; how we would all be better off if private ownership were converted into a public auction for public benefit; how the principle of one person, one vote inhibits democracy; ways to leverage antitrust laws to liberate markets from the grip of institutional investors; and how to create a data labor movement to force digital monopolies to compensate people for their electronic data, among other provocative ideas. Joining Weyl on stage was David Brin, the celebrated science fiction writer and futurist who has long explored the future of economic possibility and privacy (The Transparent Society), and Renee Bowen, GPS professor and Director of the Center on Commerce and Diplomacy.