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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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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) Speaker Series and Faculty Reading Group, sponsored by the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy. This seminar series showcases leading scholars in economics and political science from across the globe to discuss 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 Speaker Series meets on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. throughout the academic year and is open to UC San Diego faculty and students. When there is no invited speaker, PELG offers a Faculty Reading Group that is open to faculty members. Learn more about the series here.

Global Economy Workshop

The Global Economy Workshop (GEW) is for faculty and students interested in Trade, Migration, International Economics and Economic Geography. The series showcases UC San Diego as a forum for discussing cutting edge research on cross-border economics. Learn more about the workshop here.

Past Events

Climate, Trade and Developing Economies: Recommendations for Policies and Practices

Climate, Trade and Developing Economies: Recommendations for Policies and Practices
Nov. 9, 2021 | Video | Photos
UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Glasgow
CARICOM Pavilion, Hall 4, Scottish Event Campus (SEC) 

Presented by the Government of Jamaica and the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

On Nov. 9, the center convened a panel discussion to launch the findings of the report “The Role of Trade in Addressing Climate Change: Recommendations for Policies and Practices.” The launch event focused on the needs of developing economies and features a distinguished external panel of policymakers and experts from both developed and developing countries, to comment on and discuss the report. The aim is to coalesce on actionable items to cement the commitment of advanced economies and the developing world to addressing their shared economic and climate future. 

WTO (Adjudication) at a Crossroads

WTO (Adjudication) at a Crossroads
Nov. 4, 2021 | Video
One of the key functions of the World Trade Organization is to help members resolve trade disputes. But the WTO dispute settlement system is in crisis, endangering the future of the organization. Petros C. Mavroidis (Columbia Law School), the world's leading legal expert on the WTO, evaluates the crisis and provides practical proposals for trade dispute adjudication going forward. The conversation was moderated by J. Lawrence Broz, Professor and Associate Director at the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.

CCD Global Leaders Forum: Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank

Oct. 22, 2021
Robert B. Zoellick, the 11th President of the World Bank will speak on "The Idea of North America". The discussion was moderated by Caroline Freund, the first economist to serve as dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and former World Bank Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness. Zoellick shared insights from the top of the world's largest development bank, and from his extensive experience in policymaking as a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S Trade Representative.

CCD Global Leaders Forum: Christopher Landau, Former United States Ambassador to Mexico

Oct. 21, 2021 | Video
Former United States Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau will present “COVID: A Stress Test for USMCA”. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, 2020, during unprecedented global uncertainty. The pandemic, trade wars, natural disasters and rising geopolitical tensions tested the resilience of global economic agreements. Landau served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2019 to 2021, in the midst of this upheaval, and during the infancy of the USMCA agreement. Landau shared his thoughts on the agreement’s inception and performance after its first year in existence, and possible future direction.

Conference on USMCA and Global Supply Chains: An Assessment After One Year

Oct. 21–22, 2021 | Details
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, 2020, during unprecedented global uncertainty. The pandemic, trade wars, natural disasters and rising geopolitical tensions affected the resilience, robustness and reliability of regional and global supply chains. The purpose of this conference is to assess the USMCA after its first year of operation, to generate actionable responses to the unanticipated challenges and opportunities it has faced.

J. Lawrence Broz's Presentation on CCD and Business-relevant Research

J. Lawrence Broz's Presentation on CCD and Business-relevant Research
Aug. 13, 2021 | Video
J. Lawrence Broz presents center activities and research at 
the executive roundtable.

WTC San Diego: Q1 Global Competitiveness Council Virtual Meeting

WTC San Diego: Q1 Global Competitiveness Council Virtual Meeting
April 1, 2021 | Report
At the virtual Global Competitiveness Council meeting, we shared key findings from our new strategic plan and discussed how trade and investment will help San Diego its global competitiveness and domestic resilience.

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

A BRANDES INSTITUTE / RADY VIRTUAL SUMMIT
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.