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Trade Educators Center

Are you teaching students on foreign affairs, global business or international public policy?

Welcome to Hinrich Foundation’s Trade Educators Center, featuring our helpful classroom discussion guides.

Teachers of topics ranging from business and foreign policy to political science and journalism are using our content and tools in multiple ways – as assigned reading, as the basis for in-class discussion and case studies, and to create online discussion groups.

Watch a short video featuring Hinrich Foundation Director of Research and Outreach, Dr. Andrew Staples, on how educators could use our platform to promote trade discussions in their classrooms.

International trade policy is a core part of countries’ foreign policy engagement, drives how goods and services are produced and distributed, influences where jobs are created, and is a strategic tool in shaping long-term competitive advantage.

Many academic programs have insufficient content on this important topic. Teaching material – if it covers trade policy at all – is often theoretical and does not draw from real-world business and policy scenarios, making it hard to stimulate student interest and engagement.

Our teaching aids and articles are available to educators to use with their classes – as assigned reading, as the basis for in-class discussion and case studies, and to create online discussion groups. The content is available for reprint and use through our reprint policy.

Watch these videos featuring our contributors as they explain how educators can utilize our materials in their teaching:

Alex Capri on semiconductors and "techno-nationalism"

Ed Gerwin on the lessons of trade in pencils

Alice Calder on how young professionals and students leverage our content

Classroom discussion guides

Our guides were created to help educators to lead students in discussions on the economic, social, legal, historic, and geopolitical dynamics driving global trade. It's designed to supplement academic materials, and to encourage active learning methods such as student debates, case studies, and simulations.

Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020

The Sustainable Trade Index measures the capacity of 20 economies – including 19 in Asia, and the United States – to participate in international trade in a manner that supports the long-term domestic and global goals of economic growth, environmental protection, and better social equity.

Commissioned to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the 2020 index examines the role of sustainable trade for building back better in a post-COVID-19 world. It identifies four areas policymakers, business leaders and NGOs should address for more sustainable growth.

This report comes with a dataset that contains detailed results for the 20 economies reviewed, and can be compared across economies, indicators and years. 

The Sustainable Trade Index is currently in its third edition.

Download our classroom discussion guide for this paper.

Digital trade in the Asia-Pacific: Issues for 2021 and beyond

This paper was published on 23 December 2020 by the Hinrich Foundation, and authored by Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. This report identifies eight issues that governments and firms across the Asia-Pacific region will need to tackle to reap the full benefits of the digital opportunity.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted global trade and up-ended many longstanding business models. Firms are rapidly shifting to develop or expand digital capabilities to manage highly altered supply and demand pressures. Despite the growing importance of digital trade, the ability of governments to tackle a range of issues of relevance to managing the online environment still lags behind the speed of innovation for firms. Given the overwhelming importance of small businesses to every country in Asia, failure to create supportive policies will impede the region’s attempt to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

Download our classroom discussion guide for this paper.

Techno-nationalism and the US-China innovation race

This report was published on 3 August 2020 by the Hinrich Foundation, and authored by Research Fellow Alex Capri. This paper outlines the implications for markets, academia, research organizations, and governments of the US-China competition to achieve innovation advantage. 

A US-China tech innovation race has sparked a paradigm shift in global trade and commerce that is challenging the long-standing primacy of the world's open trading system.

Current thinking is tilting towards increased state activism and interventionism, not only in the technology landscape but in many of the industries of the future.

Driving this change is techno-nationalism: a mercantilist-like behavior that links tech innovation and enterprise directly to the national security, economic prosperity and social stability of a nation.

Download our classroom discussion guide for this paper.

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