International Trade & Commercial Policies


About The Field

This field provides the tools for analysis of trade and investment relations between nations. Among the questions considered are why and what nations trade and invest internationally, and their effects–and the effects of international labor migration–on wages and employment, technology, international competitiveness, economic development, growth, and the environment. There is emphasis on how policies affect outcomes and on how policies are determined in unilateral, regional or preferential, and multilateral settings.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.


Shikhar Battarai Fletcher
Mimi Alemayehou OPIC
Isabel Sepulveda USTDA
Shikhar Bhattarai
MIB 12
International Business Developer
and Financial Analyst,
Addgene - Cambridge, MA

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Mimi Alemayehou
Executive Vice President -
Overseas Private Investment
Corporation (OPIC)

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Isabel Sepulveda
Country Manager for
Global Programs - U.S.
Trade and Development
Agency (USTDA)

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Outside the Classroom

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Implications for ASEAN and Meaning for US Regional Interests
  • Building Bridges: Engaging the Institutional Investor in Global Infrastructure
  • Emerging Market Investing: Birth and Adolescence of the Market
  • International Trade & Global Commerce: Overcoming the Complexities of Cross-Border Payments
  • Evolving Role of The World Bank: The Next Decade
  • China Goes West: An Overview of Chinese Investment in the US
  • Corporate Transparency in the EU: Disclosures on a country-by-country basis
  • Optimizing Emerging Market Strategies: How to Manage Financial Risks & Rewards
  • A Modern Spice Market: Exploring MENASA Cross-Border Trade and Finance
  • Poker, Law, and Diplomacy - The Clash of Civilizations and International Trade Law Through the Lens of a Card Game
  • U.S.-Korea Relations, Political/Security, & Economic/Trade Issues
  • Governance and Accountability at the WTO
  • How Illicit Trade is Transforming Today’s World
  • Economic Growth and the Future of China and India
    • U.S. Mission to the European Union Foreign Commercial Service - Brussels, Belgium
    • U.S. Trade and Development Agency - Washington, DC
    • Delegation of the European Union, Trade Division - Washington, DC
    • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - Washington, DC
    • U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, DC
    • Organization of American States/International Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) - San Salvador, El Salvador
    • U.S. Liaison Office to the African Development Bank - Tunis, Tunisia
    • "Fundamental Success Factors for Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Development"
    • "Why Export Gas To Europe? A Comparative Analysis of Qatar and Russia's Perspective On Gas Markets' Dynamics."
    • "Rise of Private Equity in Africa: Changing Landscape and Imminent Challenges with Cases from Kenya"
    • "The Road Ahead for Asia & Latin America and the Caribbean: Outlook for Trade in Energy and Minerals"
    • "Theorizing the Economics of E-Waste Trade: Issues, Analysis & Strategies"
    • "Inadequate Institutions and Inefficient Outcomes in Mexico's Sugar Industry"
    • "The Political Potential of Israel-GCC Business Relations"
    • "Prospect of Energy Link Between Central Asia and China: A Study on the Development of 'Energy Silk Route,' the Turkmenistan - China Pipeline"
    • "Distributional and Welfare Effects of Including Corn into NAFTA and the Social, Economic, Political and International Repercussions for Mexico"
    • “Commercializing Cassava: A Case Study of SABMiller’s South Sudan Supply Chain”
    • Fletcher Finance Club
    • Fletcher Net Impact
    • International Business Club
    • Fletcher Political Risk Group
    • International Development Group
    • ASEAN Society
    • European Affairs Society
    • Latin America Group
    • Fletcher International Trade Group

    Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

    Carsten Kowalczyk, Associate Professor of International Economics at The Fletcher School"You will find that Fletcher provides an ideal place for the development of your interests and skills in economics. You will also find economics at Fletcher to be highly interdisciplinary in its scope."

    Carsten Kowalczyk, Associate Professor of International Economics

    Other faculty with expertise in the field:

    Michael Klein Julie Schaffner Bernard Simonin Joel Trachtman
    Michael Klein Julie Schaffner Bernard Simonin Joel Trachtman