Institute for International Economic Policy

Recent Events

IIEP brings leading scholars and practitioners of international economic policy to GW to present and discuss their research and insights.

  • Research Conferences, where groups of scholars and policymakers delve deeply into the most important issues of the day.
  • Policy Forums, where critical contemporary policy questions and issues are explored and debated.
  • Academic Seminars, where individual researchers present cutting-edge scholarly work.

Visit the upcoming events page to view the tentative list of expected future events.

Research Conferences

Policy Forums

Academic Seminars


Recent Events July 2012-October 2013

Nuts & Bolts of US Trade Policy, September 18th-19th 2013
  • The WITA/GWU Intensive Trade Seminar is a two-day overview of how the US Government formulates and enforces trade policy. The panels and speakers of the seminar provide unique opportunities for attendees to increase their professional knowledge base and broaden their network of contacts by learning the nuts and bolts of trade policy making.
  • The WITA/GWU Intensive Trade Seminar brings current issues in trade policy to life.  Participants will interact with career trade professionals, pose questions directly to policy makers, and learn in depth about the ever-shifting trade landscape.
  • Attendees will come away not just understanding the trade policy-making process, but just as importantly, knowing its key components and key players.
  • Who should attend: The two-day Intensive Trade Seminar is especially geared toward newly arrived embassy staff working on economic and trade issues; Others who will benefit include graduate students* seeking a career in trade policy; others new to the trade policy field; and anyone serving the import/export community. Due to space constraints, the Intensive Trade Seminar is not open to the press.
Evolving Comparative Advantage and the Impact of Climate Change in Agricultural Markets: Evidence from a 9 Million Field Partition of the Earth, May 21, 2013
  • Dave Donaldson, MIT
Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Conference, 2013: Bridging Rural and Urban Perspectives, May 13-14, 2013
    • Zoubida Allaoua, World Bank
    • Will Martin, World Bank
    • R. Mukami Kariuki, World Bank
    • Sukkoo Kim, Washington University in St Louis
    • Somik Lall, World Bank
    • Julio Berdegue, Latin American Center for Rural Development
    • Remi Jedwab, George Washington University
    • Stephen Smith, George Washington University
    • Doug, Gollin, University of Oxford
    • Vernon Henderson, Brown University
    • Forhad Shilpi, World Bank
    • Jan Brueckner, University of California- Irvine
    • Harris Selod, World Bank
    • Justin Sandefur, Center for Global Development
    • James Foster, George Washington University
    • Peter Lanjouw, World Bank
    • Luc Christiaensen, World Bank
    • Massimiliano Cali, World Bank
    • Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University
    • Peter Hazell, SOAS, University of London
  • Washington Area Development Economics Symposium (WADES), April 20, 2013
      • Ram Fishman, George Washington  University
      • Sebastian Galiani, Maryland
      • Andrew Azeitlin, Georgetown University
      • Melissa Hidrobo, International Food Policy Research Institute
      • Molly Lipscomb, University of Virginia
      • Peter Lanjouw, World Bank
      • Noel Johnson, George mason University
      • Francisco Ferreira, World Bank
      • Stephen Smith, George Washington University, Brookings Institute
  • The Multilateral Trading System in the 21st Century, April 18-19, 2013
    • Joint with Research Group on the Trading System, European University Institute (Global Governance Programme), George Washington University (Elliott School), and the World Bank (Development Research Group)
      • Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, Geneva
      • Juan Blyde, Inter-American Development Bank
      • Emily Blanchard, Dartmouth University
      • Maggie Chen, George Washington University
      • Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank
      • Arvind Subramanian, Peterson Institute
      • Jay Shambaugh, George Washington University
      • Robert Wolfe, Queens University
      • Claude Barfield, American Enterprise Institute
      • Lionel Fontagne, Paris School of Economics
      • Jeff Schott, Peterson Institute
      • Will Martin, World Bank
      • Mike Finger, World Bank
      • Paola Conconi, Universite libre de Bruxelles
      • Caroline Freund, World Bank
      • Bernard Hoekman, European University Institute
      • Michael Ferrantino, US International Trade Commission
      • John Odell, University of Southern California
      • Joseph Fancois, Die Johannes Kepler University, Linz
      • Doug Nelson, Tulane University
      • Steve Charnovitz, George Washington University
      • Phil Levy, University of Virginia
      • Michael Moore, George Washington University
  • The Global Food Challenge, March 18, 2013
    • Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Specialization and the Cost of Trade Barriers, February 5, 2013
    • Scott French, University of New South Wales
  • Path-Breakers: How Does Women’s Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success\, January 5, 2013
    • Lakshimi Iyer, Harvard Business School
  • Can Trade Policies and Agreements Advance Internet Freedom?, December 6, 2013
    • Joint with the National War College, MacArthur Foundation, GW-CIBER, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Computer and Communication Industry Association, and the Software and Information Industry Association.
      • Marietje Shaake, European Parliament
      • Andrew McLaughlin, Betaworks, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, Google
      • Danny Weitzner, CSAIL Decentralized Information Group, MIT U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy
      • Lee Hibbard, Information Society and Internet Governance, The Council of Europe
      • Hosuk Lee Makiyama,  European Centre for International Political Economy ECIPE, Brussels
      • Eric Miller, Embassy of Canada in the United States
      • Hillary Brill, Electronic Frontier Foundation
      • Cynthia Wong, Human Rights Watch
      • Lara Ballard, U.S. Department of State
      • Susan Ariel Aaronson, GWU and National War College
      • Daniel O'Connor, Public Policy & Government Affairs CCIA
      • Brian Bieron, eBay
      • Susan Morgan, Global Network Initiative
      • Matthew Perault, Facebook
      • John Tye, U.S. Department of State
      • Ben Scott, New America and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung


  • Symposium on Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia, December 3-4, 2012           
    • Joint with the Asian Development Bank and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
      • James Foster, George Washington University
      • Guanghua Wan, Asian Development Bank
      • Sabina Alkire, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
      • Miguel Szekely, Institute for Innovation in Education, Monterey Institute
      • Peter Redvers-Lee, American University
      • Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute, Columbia University
      • Danny Leipziger, GWU
      • Stephen Smith, GWU
      • Paola Ballon Fernandez, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
      • John Hammock, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
      • Shabana Mitra, Independent Consultant
      • Indranil Dutta, University of Manchester
      • Ana Vaz, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
      • Achintya Ray, Tennessee State University
      • David Frisvold, Emory University
      • Tony Castleman, George Washington University
      • Tonmoy Islam, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay


  • The Research Agenda for Sustainable Development, December 3, 2012
    • Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Trade Adjustments and Productivity in Large Cities, November 27, 2012
    • Brent Neiman, University of Chicago
  • Expanding Access to Micro Credit: The Role of Collateralized Loan, October 23, 2012
    • William Jack, Georgetown University
  • Poverty in Developing Countries: Policies and Options, October 19-20, 2012           
    • Co-sponsored by and hosted at Kurukshetra University, India
      • Neera Verma, Chair, Kurukshetra University
      • Amaresh Dubey, Jawaharlal Nehru University
      • Nanak Kakwani, University of New South Wales
      • Rohini Somanthan, Delhi School of Economics
      • Stephen Smith, George Washington University
      • James Foster, George Washington University
      • Tony Castleman, George Washington University
  • Fifth Annual “G2 at GW” Conference on U.S.-China Economic Relations and China’s Economic Development, October 12, 2012                       
    • Joint with GW-CIBER and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
      • Barry Naughton, University of California, San Diego
      • Vikram Nehru, Carnegie Endowment
      • Xingwang Qian, SUNY Buffalo State
      • Marinos Tsigas, U.S. International Trade Commission
      • Steve Suranovic, International Trade and Investment Policy Program, The George Washington University
      • Hong Ma, Tsinghua University
      • Maggie Chen, George Washington University
      • Yaohui Zhao, Peking University
      • Jing Cai, University of Michigan
  • Canadian Perspectives on Hemispheric Issues: Economic Development and Trade, October 4, 2012
    • Donald Mackay, Embassy of Canada
  • Oil Politics in the Persian Gulf, September 26, 2012
    • Panelists included:
      • Dr. Jean-Francois Seznec, The Lafayette Group
      • Dr. Denise Natali, Institute for national Strategic Studies, National Defense University
      • Matthew Amitrano, US State Department
      • Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, George Washington University
  • Making Urbanization in Asia Sustainable: Trends and Challenges, August 29, 2012
    • Guanghua Wan, Asian Development Bank

Upcoming Events

16 Wednesday
The Internet Governance Forum USA 2014
» 8:30 AM- 7:30 PM

Please contact iiep@gwu.edu for more information.