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Marc L. Busch

The global economy is not borderless. Should we be preparing for a trade war?

Expert on International Trade Policy and Law | Professor

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Marc L. Busch | Expert on International Trade Policy and Law | Professor
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Trade wars have dominated the headlines like a high-stakes drama of America versus the world. Marc L. Busch, a trade expert and consultant for McKinsey & Company and the World Bank, offers fact-packed, thought-provoking talks illustrating what near-future changes mean—how NAFTA 2.0 will fail, how a “nuclear war” on agriculture is coming, and more—and what tactics businesses can use to fight back. 

Only a small percentage of companies have a real understanding of how trade will actually affect their bottom line—and fewer still understand the real tools they can use to protect themselves. Marc L. Busch is a multiple award-winning professor at Georgetown University, a scholar, host of the trade-centric podcast Tradecraft, and the authority on today’s global trade. What does international trade mean for your industry, or your business? We’re currently engaged in an “epic battle of free trade,” says Busch, and as volatile as that battle might be, it’s an opportunity for companies to help rewrite the rules of those trade deals. President Trump’s tactics are isolating the US from from a number of international markets, and as Busch explains, it’s a non-partisan issue on a global level.  “There is no Red versus Blue state in this context,” he says. “It’s just chaos.” With wit, lucidity, and customization to your organization, Busch will steer your audience through the volatile changes to come—and leave you prepared to handle them with confidence. 


In his talks—packed with real-life stories, and told with humor—Busch puts modern and often confusing trade policy into perspective, distilling exactly what it means for you and your bottom line. His talks are essential to understanding how countries compete and collaborate with one another, and how our government policies shape—and are shaped by—these relationships. From trade wars, to domestic industries, to new technological trends in the global market, Busch offers a clear, up-to-the-minute overview of our current global trade policies. 

Busch is currently the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Professor of Government, and Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University. He has taught at both Harvard and Queen’s University, receiving awards for teaching at all three institutions. Forbes Magazine named his course, “Business, Government and the Global Economy,” one of the Top 10 Most Innovative MBA courses in the United States. 

Speech Topics

The Future of Trade And Why Your Business Should Care
The coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on trade, even beyond that of the financial crisis of 2008. What will the future look like, and how will it impact your business?  As of right now, export restrictions are back in vogue, says Marc L. Busch, an expert on international trade and policy. And with these restrictions come urgent questions: has COVID-19 given a new license to protectionism by another name? Will the pandemic threaten, or even put an end to, our global supply chains? What happens next is critical to the health of the global economy. And though business is at the frontline of international trade disputes, unfortunately, it’s a war waged through politics and complex law—making it cryptic and hard to understand. In this talk, Busch grounds abstract concepts in concrete reality. Whether it’s the next phase of the relationship between the U.S. and China, or the debate happening now around the World Trade Organization’s potential reform, he helps leaders understand what’s really at stake—and how to prepare.
Making Sense of Global Trade Business & Law Through the Prism of Trade

Unfortunately, only a small percentage of companies have a real understanding of how trade will actually affect their bottom line. Those who possess this knowledge hold a huge competitive advantage, says international trade policy expert Marc L. Busch. In this non-partisan talk, Busch provides you with a clear view of what matters, nothing more, nothing less. Customized to your industry, this talk will help companies keep an eye on priorities: what’s actually important in a time that is rife with noise, turbulence, and word of “escalating trade wars.” Here, Busch dismantles the concepts trumpeted in the news—sussing out the actual ramifications they’ll have on the economy, and of course, you.

Artificial Intelligence
AI, Robotics & Trade How Will AI Change the Way We Trade Goods and Services?
The potential of AI has taken politics, economics, and the future of technology by storm. There’s more urgency than ever to discuss how prediction, machine learning, and robotics can and will affect the way we trade goods and services, nationally and abroad. In this dynamic “double-header,” expert on international trade Marc L. Busch and  AI specialist Ajay Agrawal deliver a collaborative keynote on how international trade rules are going to collide with AI when coupled with robotics. How will AI test the contours of existing trade? As they explainso much of the infrastructure supporting our lives is oriented around humans, particularly within the domain of goods and services. But trade is set to shift and become more politically charged when challenged by the possibilities of automation. With clear and fascinating examples, these two experts reveal how AI has the potential to challenge, improve, and complicate trade in the global market—and how we can start addressing these things together.