2008 National Forum on Trade Policy "Understanding U.S. Trade Policy: Past, Present and Future"

San Diego, CA
Friday, October 03, 2008


2008 National Forum on Trade Policy "Understanding U.S. Trade Policy: Past, Present and Future"
Friday, October 03, 2008 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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The 2008 National Forum on Trade Policy will be held Friday, October 3 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. This annual event serves to facilitate discussion about current and pending free trade policies among business leaders, federal and state policy makers, and leading and higher-education experts.

This year's Forum will focus on Understanding U.S. Trade Policy: Past, Present and Future, a timely theme with profound significance for our regional and national economy.  The conference features renowned national and regional authorities who speak on topical issues of international trade. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, U.S. Trade Representative.  Ambassador Schwab is a member of the President's Cabinet and serves as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
  • Dr. Robert Pastorformer Vice Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of North America, which issued a report “Building a North American Community.”  

Other renowned experts participating in the 2008 National Forum on Trade Policy include:

  • Daniel T. Griswold, Cato Institute
  • Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • I.M. “Mac” Destler, University of Maryland
  • Richard Feinberg, University of California – San Diego
  • Susan Freedman, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • James Gerber, San Diego State University

Also!   we are pleased to have

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. 

Mr. Sanger
will examine the challenges faced by the next administration.  His years as a foreign correspondent give him a unique view into the rise of Asia, the jockeying for power among rising and established nations, and nuclear proliferation.  He has twice been a member of the Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. 

Who should attend:  This unique Forum is designed for business decision makers, strategic business planners, national and state international trade officers, corporate government affairs counselors, consultants, academics, and other professionals wishing to stay on top of the most current information regarding U.S. trade policy.

Registration: $185.00 (Includes program materials, reception and meals.) 
    **An academic rate is available, please see the registration page.


Contact Information

  • Siv Lim
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 619.594.8599
    Email: ciber@mail.sdsu.edu

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