Coping with Backlash Against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Mr. & Mrs. S.H. Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations, Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), Center for Long-term Cyber Security, MSPL Ltd, The Clausen Center, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies

Thursday, October 18 9 am - 6 pm
Friday, October 19 9 am - 1 pm

The rise of trade protectionism, authoritarianism, China, and data competition are all critical drivers of the global economy. We have seen the consequences of these drivers in the move to Brexit, the election of Trump, the promotion of rival trade and financial arrangements by the Chinese, and cyber operations that are a form of societal warfare.

The political and economic equilibria of an open trading system, relatively open immigration in Western states, and the acceptance of technological change as aggregate welfare-improving and liberalizing are all moving to disequilibrium. In this changing context, how national strategies and multinational corporations will interact, particularly with respect to technological competition, is of central importance.

This two-day conference, organized by Vinod K. Aggarwal, Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, and Steve Weber addresses these new developments in the global economy. Participants will examine empirical trends in these key drivers with an eye to analyzing their likely impact. A second topic examines how the national strategies of key global players such as China, the US, EU, and India are likely to alter the context for multinational corporations from key Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and Korea. A third theme examines the technology strategies of countries and industrial policy, particularly with respect to data competition. The conference concludes with a forum with practitioners from leading MNCs on business-government relations in a new global context., 510-642-2809;, 510-642-2809