Coping with the Globalization Backlash: National and Firm Strategies

Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

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 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 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.

 ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809