Advancing sustainable global trade
The Hinrich Foundation is a unique Asia-based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade through research and educational programs.
Understanding global trade
Original research, strategic insights and quick analysis that offer a better understanding of key global trade trends and issues.
Master’s degree scholarships and short courses for trade business professionals, media and policymakers that provide the practical knowledge and tools to advance sustainable global trade.
We believe the most effective way to advance sustainable trade is to invest in people. All who join our programs receive the support and encouragement of our unique network of trade leaders, thinkers, innovators and influencers. Our scholarships include:
- Executive Global Master’s in Management
- Professional Master of Business Administration (Int'l Trading)
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of International Business
- Master of Science in Foreign Service
- Master of International Affairs
- Master of International Journalism Studies
- Master of Media and Communication
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, . . .
Sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation, the National Press Foundation launched a series of online briefings covering all aspects of global trade. These webinars are designed to keep reporters up to date on one of the most complex and important topics . . .
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.
Global value chains are in the process of localizing and ring-fencing as policy makers look to support their own stakeholders and agendas. Quoting our report by Research Fellow Alex Capri on the geopolitics of electric vehicles, this article from CleanTechnica examines how the phenomenon of techno-nationalism - a kind of “neo-mercantilist mindset” that links technological capabilities to national security, economic prosperity, and socio-political stability - may accelerate the US's Southeast transition to clean energy-powered transportation.
India faces a tough task ahead: to show its commitment to building the semiconductor industry. Industrial policies with capital may attract investments and potential bids, but favourable trade policies and a conducive business environment can ensure the completion of the projects and yield results. Based on a report published by the Hinrich Foundation, this op-ed by co-author Arjun Gargeyas outlines policy recommendations the Indian government should adopt in advancing the growth of its microchip sector.
Trade disruptions from China’s lockdowns and the war in Ukraine are seen doing for Southeast Asia what the US’s spat with Beijing couldn’t meaningfully do - redistribute supply chains. Exclusively quoting our analysis by Research Fellow Stewart Paterson, this Bloomberg article looks at the role of Japan and the Europen Union in leading global supply chain diversification, and how ASEAN countries may benefit from these shifting linkages.
For most countries in Southeast Asia, the recently launched Indo-Pacific Economic Framework "will be seen as a poor consolation prize in place of what they really want: concrete market access commitments from the US", the Straits Times reports, quoting a commentary by Senior Research Fellow Stephen Olson. But the fact that 13 countries joined the framework even with few details unveiled reveals a hard truth China must accept: nations in the region are becoming weary of China's growing assertiveness.
From the multilateral trade agreements facilitating industry growth to the fostering of comparative advantages, trade has played a major role in shaping the semiconductor global value chain. In building its microchip ecosystem, India would benefit from a deeper understanding of the primacy of trade policies and technology transfer. Quoting data from our report by the Takshashila Institution, this article from DIGITIMES Asia examines why India's protectionism mindset may become the biggest obstacle to its semiconductor strategy.
International trade training for Asia-based journalists
The National Press Foundation in collaboration with the Hinrich Foundation welcomed 22 Asia-based journalists to its International Trade Fellowship in Singapore last month. The five-day workshop, held at the Foundation’s offices in Singapore, touched on digital trade, trade agreements, and US-China trade friction among other issues. The NPF International Trade Fellowship is part of an ongoing program of trade training for journalists and awards for trade coverage sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation.
Curbing policy fragmentation in the digital economy
The perils of unilateral governance action in the digital domain are becoming clear. Watch this recording of our webinar on policy fragmentation in the digital realm, to learn from our panel of experts the risks of regulatory overdrive and siloed policymaking in the digital space.
Future of the WTO or WTO of the Future?
The success of the recently concluded World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference gives hope to its survival. However, considerable work remains to give the WTO a fighting chance, said Hinrich Foundation Senior Research Fellow Stephen Olson in a panel discussion with other trade experts, organized by NewDelhi-based policy think tank CUTS International.
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.