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Vinod Aggarwal

Professor and Travers Family Senior Faculty Fellow, Political Science and Director, Berkeley APEC Study Center
Current Status
510 642-2817
782 Social Sciences Building
Upcoming/Future Courses
Fall 2021
Personal Statement

Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal is Travers Family Senior Faculty Fellow and Professor in the Department of Political Science, Affiliated Professor in the Business and Public Policy group in the Haas School of Business, and Director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) at the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Business and Politics, and Co-Chair of the U.S. Consortium of APEC Study Centers. From 1991-1994, he chaired the Political Economy of Industrial Societies Program at UC Berkeley.

He has held fellowships from the Brookings Institution, Rockefeller Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, East-West Center, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and was a Japan Foundation Abe Fellow.  He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the University of Geneva’s IOMBA program, INSEAD, Yonsei University, NTU Singapore, and Bocconi University. He is also an elected lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founding member of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council. 

Dr. Aggarwal consults regularly with multinational corporations on strategy, trade policy, and international negotiations, including Sutherland Global Services, Merck, Russell Investments, the Investment Management Consultants Association, Cisco, Statoil, ING Clarion, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Qualcomm, Herman Miller, Italcementi, ARCO, and Nestle. He has been a consultant to the Mexican Government, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Defense Department, U.S. State Department, World Trade Organization, OECD, the Group of Thirty, FAO, IFAD, the International Labor Organization, ASEAN, and the World Bank.  In 1990, he was Special Adviser on Trade Negotiations to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and has worked with the APEC Eminent Persons Group. In 1997, he won the Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award at the Haas School of Business for PhD teaching; in 2003 he was first runner up for the Cheit Award for MBA teaching and won first place for the MBA program in 2005.

His authored books include Liberal Protectionism, International Debt Threat, Debt Games, Le Renseignement Stratégique d'Entreprise, Une Nouvelle Approche des Phénomènes Sociaux, and he has edited or co-edited Institutional Designs for a Complex World, Asia-Pacific Crossroads, Winning in Asia: European Style, Winning in Asia: Japanese Style, Winning in Asia: U.S. Style, Sovereign Debt Management, European Union Trade Strategies, The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade, Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia Pacific, Asia’s New Institutional Architecture, Northeast Asia: Ripe for Integration?, Trade Policy in the Asia-Pacific, Responding to a Resurgent Russia, and Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States. His most recent book is Responding to the Rise of China.  He has also published over 100 articles and book chapters on the politics of trade and finance. His current research examines comparative regionalism in Europe, North America, and Asia with a focus on implications for the international system and multinational corporations. Dr. Aggarwal speaks five languages. He was born in Seattle, Washington.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
International Political Economy
Comparative Regionalism
Business and Politics
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Stanford University


 Une Nouvelle Approche des Phénomènes Sociaux: Les Horloges Sociales, (with Pierre Allan and Daniel Lachat), Paris: L'Harmattan, 1997).

Le Renseignement Stratégique D'entreprise, (with Pierre Allan and Daniel Lachat), (Paris: L'Harmattan), 1997.

Debt Games: Strategic Interaction in International Debt Rescheduling (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996).  

International Debt Threat: Bargaining Among Creditors and Debtors in the 1980s (Berkeley: Institute of International Studies, 1987). 

Liberal Protectionism: The International Politics of Organized Textile Trade (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985).


Responding to China's Rise: US and EU Strategies (with Sara Newland) (New York: Springer, 2014).

Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (with Kristi Govella) (New York: Springer, 2012).

Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the EU and US (with Kristi Govella) (New York: Springer, 2011).

Trade Policy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role of Ideas, Interests, and Domestic Institutions (with Seungjoo Lee) (New York: Springer, 2011).

Key Findings and Policy Recommendations: Green Growth, Trade Integration, and Regulatory Convergence, APEC Study Centers Consortium (with Richard Feinberg), 2011.

 Northeast Asia: Ripe for Integration? (with Min Gyo Koo, Seungjoo Lee, and Chung-in Moon) (New York: Springer, 2008).

 Asia’s New Institutional Architecture: Evolving Structures for Managing Trade, Financial, and Security Relations (with Min Gyo Koo) (New York: Springer 2007).

 Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific (with Shujiro Urata) (London: Routledge, 2006).

 European Union Trade Strategies: Between Globalism and Regionalism (with Edward Fogarty), (London: Palgrave, 2004).

 The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade (with Ralph Espach and Joseph Tulchin), (Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press, 2004).

 Winning in Asia, U.S. Style: Market and Nonmarket Strategies for Success, (New York: Palgrave, 2003).

 Sovereign Debt: Origins, Management, and Restructuring, (with Brigitte Granville) (London: RIIA, 2003).

 Winning in Asia, Japanese Style: Market and Nonmarket Strategies for Success, (with Shujiro Urata), (New York: Palgrave, 2002).  Translated into Japanese and published by Waseda University Press, 2004.

 Winning in Asia, European Style: Market and Nonmarket Strategies for Success, (New York: Palgrave, 2001).

 Asia-Pacific Crossroads: Regime Creation and the Future of APEC, (with Charles Morrison), (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998).

Institutional Designs for a Complex World: Bargaining, Linkages, and Nesting (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998).