March 26, 2018

International Trade & Commercial Diplomacy



A Seminar for Government, Business and Nonprofit Executives

September 25, 2018
Washington, DC


This intensive one-day seminar provides expert analysis of the current state of the global trading system and the Trump administration’s impact on its future. The seminar helps government and business leaders to navigate both the U.S. and foreign bureaucracies more effectively by focusing on both policy-making and implementation. It examines the past, present and future effects of globalization and the backlash it has provoked.

Some of the most respected diplomats in recent decades join other officials and experts to offer an insider’s view of the latest trends and developments in U.S. and global commercial diplomacy. They also look at current and likely trade disputes, and the challenges they present to international business.


8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. The Trump Effect on Global Diplomacy and International Trade
This session focuses on the impact the Trump administration has had on the way the United States conducts diplomacy around the world, its dealings with foreign governments, and the state of the international trade system, including the World Trade Organization (WTO). It also examines how U.S. leadership and attitudes toward it have changed in the past year.

10:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Behind the Scenes of U.S. Trade Policy-Making and Implementation
This session looks at how trade policy is made in Washington, and how it is implemented around the world. It examines the roles of the various federal agencies involved in the process, including the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense, the Treasury, as well as the role of Congress in U.S. trade law.

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Lunch: Lessons Learned from U.S. Trade Agreements Since the End of the Cold War
This session offers an expert overview of the benefits and compromises that have resulted from major trade agreements the United States has negotiated with foreign countries. It analyzes the lessons learned from the effects of globalization and the backlash it has caused, as well as what they mean for the future of free trade.

2:15 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. Utilizing the U.S. Global Diplomacy Infrastructure
This session focuses on how businesses can navigate and utilize the U.S. diplomacy infrastructure around the world, as well as the relationships the United States has with foreign governments. It provides insights into the work of the U.S. Foreign Service — including the Foreign Commercial Service and the Foreign Agricultural Service — at embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions.

4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. The Future of Dispute-Settlement and Other Challenges to Free Trade
This session provides a critical analysis of the existing trade dispute-settlement mechanisms at the WTO and elsewhere and evaluates their future effectiveness. It examines the impact of U.S. actions, such as its blocking the appointment of judges to the WTO’s Appellate Body for years. It also looks at economic and other sanctions on foreign companies, counties, other entities and individuals.

5:30 p.m. — 5:45 p.m. Conclusion and Presenting of Certificates

6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. Reception


Cost & Participation

The cost of the seminar is $599 for government and nonprofit participants, and $999 for private-sector participants. The cost includes all sessions, breakfast, lunch, reception and taxes. To express interest in participating, please fill out the form below or call us on 202-656-9828.