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Mastering Trade Policy: Understanding and Acting in Today's Economy

Program Session(s):
August 18, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Application Deadline(s):
June 18, 2017

Program Fee:$10,900

Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains. Please contact the program director for additional information.

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate.

Faculty Chair: Robert Lawrence

Program Director: Sergei Konoplyov

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Mastering Trade Policy: Understanding and Acting in Today’s Economy is designed to enable trade practitioners at all levels to analyze, formulate, negotiate, and implement effective policies and practices in the field of trade.

The program will give participants:

  • An enhanced understanding of the economic underpinnings of trade policy.
  • An advanced skill set in negotiations.
  • A deeper knowledge of the institutions and rules of international trade.
  • The capacity to integrate theory and practice in all of these areas.

Globalization has made trade policy a more prominent and complex sphere of public policy. Policymakers, analysts, business people, and activists must deal simultaneously with initiatives at the national, bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.

Trade policy itself has also become more complex. No longer confined to tariffs and quotas, it is inextricably linked to a nation’s social and environmental policies, as well as the country’s overall development strategy. Current hot-button issues include technological frontiers in intellectual property rights, biotechnology and genetically modified organisms, and the need to make the system more conducive to economic development. 

This program offers a practical approach to trade policy that emphasizes the core competencies of successful practitioners as well as the latest political and policy developments in the field.

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