Advancing sustainable global trade
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Understanding global trade
Original research, strategic insights and quick analysis that offer a better understanding of key global trade trends and issues.
Trade education tools
Our trade education tools include the International Trade Rankings to help students and employers identify the best trade-related masters programs around the world; and scholarships and short courses for trade business professionals, media and policymakers.
The QS International Trade Rankings help students to identify programs that will secure them employment and accelerate their trade careers, enable companies to hire work-ready talent, and provide universities with comparability, recognition and the means to enhance their global trade programs.
INSEAD shapes leaders who are equipped to tackle world-scale challenges and advance business as a force for good. Its values are aligned with those of the Hinrich Foundation. Scholars are up-and-coming executives looking to advance sustainable trade . . .
We established the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) to stimulate regular exchanges between young trade leaders committed to advancing sustainable global trade. Led by the Alumni Leadership Committee, the HFAA is a community of people who . . .
Through this generous partial tuition scholarship, we aim to empower future leaders in government, business and civil society to advance trade in consideration of balancing economic, social and environmental implications. The campus in Washington, . . .
Held from 23 to 26 July in Singapore, the NPF International Trade Fellowship 2023 is a four-day journalism training workshop offered in partnership with the National Press Foundation (NPF). 24 Asia-based journalists embarked on an immersive . . .
Resources, support, and recognition for journalists
Objective analysis of trade trends and issues, short-courses, Masters in International Journalism Studies (MAIJS) scholarships and an award for distinguished reporting on trade.
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In the news
Media come to us for fresh thinking and deep analysis into the issues impacting global trade outcomes. Read our recent experts’ commentaries. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.
Featured our analysis on the prospect of a ‘rainforest OPEC’ by contributor Henry Storey and Director of Research Chuin Wei Yap. "The Hinrich Foundation speculated that the existence of large carbon sinks in the form of forests could lead to a substantial increase in economic power for the "Global South."
Cited Stephen Olson's analysis on whether the spy balloon debacle would derail Biden’s China strategy. "Perhaps the most salient takeaway...is that neither side feels it is in a particularly strong position at the moment. Attempting to calm the seas – at least for now – serves the best interests of both."
The election of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil has raised the possibility of a free-trade deal between China and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur). But the agreement will further increase competition between Washington and Beijing in the so-called backyard of the United States, says Stephen Olson.
A reproduction of Keith Rockwell's "searing assessment" of the state of play at the World Trade Organization and ithe body's "fraying seams", beset by a “sharp deterioration” in US leadership. Keith Rockwell is Senior Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation and former Spokesman of the WTO.
Investors have raced back into Chinese tech stocks this year, but the enthusiasm may prove to be premature. Beijing is tightening its grip on Big Tech in the country by acquiring so-called “golden shares”. The policy could present a “nightmare” scenario for foreign investors, says Research Fellow Alex Capri.
Trade Connectivity: Past, Present, Future
25 January 2024
As multilateral institutions built in the postwar era, from the United Nations to the World Trade Organization, increasingly grapple with institutional paralysis and geopolitically-driven dysfunction, a new term has come into policy vogue: minilateralism.
Did too much faith in free markets undo globalization?
China’s revived mercantilism and state-led capitalism defy traditional laissez-faire trade theory, revealing a shift toward the statist approach to industrial policy and retaliatory trade actions. This interview by the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents-USA, in partnership with the Hinrich Foundation, unpacks the disruptive forces in the free market system.
Advancing trade sustainability in a fragmenting world
The Hinrich-IMD Sustainable Trade Index (STI) measures the readiness and capacity of 30 economies to participate sustainably in the international trading system. The fifth edition of the index was launched on 26 October 2023. Watch the recap here.
In this book, Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and other liberal democracies must adopt to meet them. He argues that these approaches must be more sophisticated and comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war, and that they don't have to contravene international or domestic law.
We supported the publication of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed” to promote reasoned and informed debate on the trade relationship between the West and China. This book, by Stewart Paterson, describes the unintended consequences of the policy of engagement that led to China's accession to the WTO in 2001, and aims to equip policymakers, business leaders and civil societies to contribute to the design of mutually beneficial approaches for sustainable global trade.
We commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. The book provides a powerful analysis of China’s policies toward foreign investment and gives foreign companies tools to demonstrate their contributions to host countries, showing the tremendous power of foreign investment to help transform economies.