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Vinod Aggarwal

Distinguished Professor and Alann P. Bedford Endowed Chair, Political Science; Director, Berkeley APEC Study Center; Affiliated Professor, Haas School of Business; Fellow, Public Law and Policy Program, Berkeley Law
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Personal Statement

Vinod (Vinnie) Aggarwal is Distinguished Professor and holds the Alann P. Bedford  Endowed Chair in Asian Studies, Travers Department of Political Science; Affiliated Professor at the Haas School of Business; Director of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC); and Fellow in the Public Law and Policy Center at Berkeley Law School, all at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Business and Politics.  He is the former Chair of the U.S. Consortium of APEC Study Centers. From 1991-1994, he was Chair of 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 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, Bocconi University, Chung-Ang University, and the University of Hawaii. He is also an elected lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Aggarwal consults regularly with multinational corporations on strategy, trade policy, and international negotiations.  He has been a consultant to the Mexican government, Malaysian 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, Linking Trade and Security, and Responding to China's Rise. He has two forthcoming books: Great Power Competition and Middle Power Strategies and the Oxford Handbook on Geoeconomics and Economic Statecraft.  He has also published over 160 articles and book chapters. His current research examines comparative regionalism in Europe, North America, and Asia, industrial policy, and the political economy of high technology economic statecraft.  

Dr. Aggarwal received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Born in Seattle, Washington, he speaks five languages.



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).



“Economic Statecraft in the 21st Century: Implications for the Future of the Global Trade     Regime,” (with Andrew Reddie), World Trade Review, February 2021.

“Institutional Coordination in Disaster Management  in the Asia Pacific,” (with Melissa  Carlson), Natural Hazards Review.

“Military Forces, Coercive Signals, and Disaster Response Effectiveness,” (with Melissa     Carlson) Natural Hazards Review, Vol. 22, No.1, February 2021.

“Digital Currency Wars? US-China Competition and Economic Statecraft (with Tim Marple), Global Asia, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2020.

“Security of Supply: The Determinants of State Intervention in Emerging Technology Sectors,” 
    (with Andrew Reddie), AsiaGlobal Papers, No. 3, August 2020.

“New Economic Statecraft: Industrial Policy in an Era of Strategic Competition,” (with Andrew 
    W. Reddie), Issues & Studies, Vol. 56, no. 2, June 2020.

 “Regulators Join Tech Rivalry with National-Security Blocks on Cross-Border Investment,”     (with Andrew W. Reddie), Global Asia, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2019.

“US-China Rivalry: Implications for East Asia” Japan Spotlight, January/February 2019, pp. 4-    9.

“Comparative Industrial policy and Cybersecurity: A Framework for Analysis,” (with Andrew     W. Reddie), Journal of Cyber Policy, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2018, pp. 452-466.

“Comparative Industrial policy and Cybersecurity: The US case,” (with Andrew W. Reddie),     Journal of Cyber Policy, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2018, pp. 291-312.

“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Limits on Negotiating Behind the Border 
Barriers,” (with Simon Evenett), Business and Politics, Vol. 19, Issue 4, 2017.

“Resisting Behind the Border Talks in TTIP: The Cases of GMOs and Data Privacy,” (with 
Simon Evenett), Business and Politics, Vol. 19, Issue 4, 2017.

“Introduction: The Rise of Mega-FTAs in the Asia-Pacific,” Asian Survey, November/December 
2016, Vol. 56 No. 6, pp. 1005-1016.   Part of a Special Issue on Mega-FTAs in the Asia-
Pacific, edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal.

“The Liberal Trading Order Under Assault: A US Perspective,” Global Asia,” Vol. 11, No. 4, 
Winter 2016, pp. 11-0-113.

“Trade at Risk: Challenges to East Asia’s Export-Oriented Model,” (with Min Gyo Koo), Global 
Asia,” Vol. 11, No. 3, Fall 2016, pp. 22-29.

“Mega-FTAs and the Trade-Security Nexus: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional 
    Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP),” AsiaPacific Issues, No. 123, March     2016.

“Competitive Framing: Agricultural Protection and Trade Liberalization in the Korea-US FTA     Negotiations,” (with Sonia Aggarwal), Ehwa Journal of Social Science, Vol. 31, No. 2,     2015, pp. 5-35.

“Do WTO rules preclude industrial policy? Evidence from the global economic crisis,” (with 
    Simon J. Evenett), Business and Politics, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 481-509, 2014. Part of a    Special Issue on Industrial Policy, edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal and Simon J. Evenett.

“A Fragmenting Global Economy: A Weakened WTO, Mega FTAs, and Murky Protectionism” 
    (with Simon J. Evenett), Swiss Political Science Review, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013,     pp. 550-557.  Initially appeared as a CEPR discussion paper, December 2013.

“The ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Implications for Supply Chain Management” (with 
    Bora Park), Supply Chain Asia, September-October 2013, pp. 20-21.

“U.S. Free Trade Agreements and Linkages.”  International Negotiation, Vol. 18 (2013), pp. 

“Industrial Policy Choice during the Crisis Era” (with Simon J. Evenett), Oxford Review of 
            Economic Policy, Volume 28, Number 2, 2012, pp. 261–283.

“The Financial Crisis, “New” Industrial Policy, and the Bite of Multilateral Trade Rules” (with 
            Simon J. Evenett), Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2010, pp. 221-244.

“Look West: The Evolution of U.S. Trade Policy Towards Asia,” Globalizations, Vol. 7, No. 4,  
           2010, pp. 455-473.

“I Don’t Get No Respect: The Travails of IPE,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 
            3, 2010, pp. 895-897.

“Beyond Bogor: Reflections on APEC’s Future” (with Peter Volberding), Japan Spotlight,
            September-October 2010, pp. 10-13.

“The Perils of Consensus: How ASEAN's Meta-regime Undermines Economic and 
     Environmental Cooperation” (with Jonathan Chow), Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 17, No.2, May 2010, pp. 262-290.