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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.

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Postponed Events and Conferences

Conference on International Trade and Structural Change
March 13, 2020 | This conference has been postponed. 
This conference on international trade and structural change is a part of a series of small, high-quality research seminars jointly sponsored by UC San Diego and UCLA. The conference covers topics from the fields of trade, migration, spatial economics and real-side macroeconomics. This conference is open to invited speakers and guests, and faculty and students in the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Department of Economics and Department of Political Science.

Conference on Redesigning Globalization
April 23-24, 2020 | This conference has been postponed.
The conference is the first major event in what we at CCD envision as an ongoing dialogue between academics, policymakers and business leaders on how to respond to the forces that are threatening globalization. It is a collaboration with the 21st Century China Center, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, Laboratory for International Law and Regulation, Center for Global Transformation, Center for Peace and Security Studies and the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Global Leaders Forum

CCD’s Global Leaders Forum brings world leaders to UC San Diego to share insights on current trends in global policy and politics, leadership and life lessons. The forum enriches the diplomacy dialogue at GPS and the wider San Diego community, and, most of all, is an essential learning experience for the next generation of world leaders being educated at the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) Speaker Series

The Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) is a seminar series that showcases leading scholars in economics and political science from across the globe. The speaker series serves as a forum for discussing policy-relevant research on globalization, inequality, populism, national security and other topics related to the Center’s mission of advancing peace and prosperity through commerce. Through engagement with prominent invited speakers, the seminar series establishes UC San Diego as a hub of political economy research and promotes interactions of faculty, Ph.D. students, and researchers from several disciplines. The series meets at lunchtime on Tuesdays (lunch is provided) throughout the academic year and is open to the public.Throughout the day, invited speakers meet with UC San Diego faculty and Ph.D. students in individual one-on-one sessions, and in small groups over meals (lunch and dinner). This facilitates collaboration on new research projects and exchange of new ideas. The PELG ensures UC San Diego stays at the cutting edge of research related to the center’s mission. Learn more about the series here.

Past Events

Conference on What Future for the Global Trading System?

Conference on What Future for the Global Trading System?
Feb. 23, 2021

Global economic cooperation faces unprecedented challenges. Trade wars have disrupted supply chains and increased business uncertainty. Brexit, the U.S. departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and U.S. disengagement from the World Trade Organization have generated doubts about the future of global economic governance. Populism is pushing nations inward, just as the rise of China and the Covid pandemic demand coordinated global responses. National security concerns in the technology sector add another layer of complexity to global economic policymaking.  

Academic research and policy analysis can illuminate the sources of these challenges and identify tractable policy and institutional responses to the threats that imperil global cooperation. Research and policy discussions are also relevant to business leaders, who must navigate uncertain global markets and anticipate the policies of the new Administration. This virtual event brought together leading academics, policy analysts, and business leaders to consider some of these major challenges in the global trading system.

Conference in the News

Charting the future of global trade
Feb. 26, 2021
Center for Commerce and Diplomacy conference draws together leading minds, including the prime minister of Jamaica and the former CEO of General Electric, to chart a course for the next era of international integration putting domestic needs, climate change and national security front and center

Global Leaders Forum: The Future of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chains

Global Leaders Forum: The Future of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chains
Feb. 23, 2021 | Video
Jeffrey Immelt, former CEO of General Electric, spoke on "The Future of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chains." CCD Director Renee Bowen moderated the discussion. Trade wars have disrupted supply chains, domestic opposition to globalization is rising and global economic leadership has faltered. The future of global business is highly uncertain. As former CEO of one the largest global firms, Jeffrey Immelt provided fresh insights into what lies ahead for the manufacturing sector, and what the government can do to address the policy challenges.

Global Leaders Forum: Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica

CCD Global Leaders Forum: Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Feb. 22, 2021 | Video
The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness ON, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, spoke on "Mobilizing Climate Financing for a Sustainable Future." CCD Director Renee Bowen moderated the discussion. Climate change is a global issue that requires a collective, global response. However, not all nations share the same resources to implement effective measures to mitigate climate change. Those countries which are most affected by the impacts of climate change are faced with an undue burden to respond. A more collective effort is needed to share the commitment to the problem, specifically in financing. The Prime Minister shared his thoughts on this topic, along with the work he is doing as the Co-Chair of the UN Climate Change Financing Initiative with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Toward a U.S.-China Trade Policy That Maximizes American Employment

Toward a U.S.-China Trade Policy That Maximizes American Employment
Feb. 11, 2021 | Video
Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council, examines the difficult trade-offs that the Biden Administration faces to ensure balanced and effective China policy. It is organized by the 21st Century China Center and co-sponsored by the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy at GPS.

Fireside Chat with Michael Greenwald (Webinar)

Fireside Chat with Michael Greenwald
Feb. 4, 2021 | Video

On behalf of the GPS student-led Strategic Studies Group, the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy hosted a fireside chat with Michael Greenwald, director at Tiedemann Advisors and former United States Treasury Attache to Qatar and Kuwait. The discussion was moderated by CCD Director Renee Bowen and will center around Greenwald’s recent publication “The Future of the United States Dollar: Weaponizing the US Financial System”.

Post-Globalization Supply Chain Movement Project

Post-Globalization Supply Chain Movement Project
Dec. 10, 2020 | PDF | Video
Project PGM (Post-Globalization Movement) is an industry research project that combines the intellectual powerhouse of research faculty, graduate students, and industry experts to envision the Global Value Supply Chain's future.

The student team will present their research findings from 5-5:45 followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. This project is managed by a diverse group of interdisciplinary UCSD students:
Marina Shimizu, Daniel Henderson, Lorena Arellano, Avinav Kartikay, and Ying Zeng from Rady School of Management, and Ethan Roseman from the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

This presentation will detail how students utilize the newly developed "Five-Dimensional Model" to analyze four countries' (US, Mexico, India and China) competitiveness, assess the COVID-19 effect, anticipate challenges of foreign trade policies and outline rebalancing options.

COVID-19 2020 and Beyond

COVID-19 2020 and Beyond
Sept. 24, 2020 | PDF
What is the latest scientific analysis on the coronavirus revealing? What are emerging options for testing and treatment? What may the future hold with regard to policy changes and economic impacts? Our panel of experts addresses these questions and others. Panelists:

  • Dr. Gene Yeo, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, UCSD
  • Matt Sause, CEO of Roche Diagnostics Corporation (UCSD MBA alumnus)
  • Dr. Renee Bowen, Director, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, UCSD
  • Moderator: Dr. James Hamilton, UCSD Professor of Economics

California Small Business and the Global Economy (Webinar)

California Small Business and the Global Economy
Aug. 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended economic activity worldwide, and small businesses in California have been particularly affected by the public health crisis and the associated global policy responses. This webinar presented perspectives and policy recommendations from the private sector, civil society, and the state government as we navigate this unprecedented period of uncertainty.

Read About the Webinar (PDF)

Conference on Rational Inattention and Political Economy

Conference on Rational Inattention and Political Economy
Nov. 9, 2019
The first conference on Rational Inattention and Political Economy was a small, high-quality research conference intended to push forward the research agenda on limited-attention politics. Learn more.

CCD Global Leaders Forum: Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Sept. 13, 2019 | View Photos
The Global Leaders Forum's inaugural event featured former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice who discussed her new book, "To Build a Better World," co-authored with Philip Zelikow, and shared insights about life as the nation's top diplomat.

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.