Bruce Blonigen, 17 July 2008

In order to understand whether the Doha Round can be salvaged, we need to understand why it has reached its present impasse. The latest Report from the Kiel Institute and CEPR analyzes the factors which have led to longer and longer Rounds and now to the Doha impasse.

Bruce Blonigen, 17 July 2008

The Doha Round is stagnant, which does not bode well for trade liberalisation in the near future and possibly for the World Trade Organization in the long run. This column highlights the lessons of a new report on reviving the Doha Round, emphasising long-term trends that must be addressed, lest the WTO become obsolete.

Alan Winters, 11 July 2008

Alan Winters (who was recently appointed chief economist at the UK’s Department for International Development) talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the current round of world trade negotiations – the benefits of reaching an agreement; the dangers of failure; the conflicting aspirations of different interest groups; and the relationship between trade liberalisation and poverty reduction in developing countries.

John Whalley, 11 July 2008

Just ahead of the ‘mini-ministerial’ of the World Trade Organisation, which is intended to conclude the Doha Round, John Whalley talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the prospects for reaching an agreement. He notes the potential conflict between the trade liberalisation agenda and the big global issues that have emerged since the Round was launched in 2001, notably national security and climate change.

Richard Baldwin, 01 July 2008

The World Trade Organisation is losing its place at the centre of the global trading system. Absent reforms, the rules-based architecture of international trade may collapse into a “might makes right” affair.


Presentation and discussion of multidisciplinary research on the calculation and design of trade sanctions in WTO dispute settlement procedures. Features sessions on
Damage calculation in context: What is the goal of WTO remedies?
Lessons and questions from a legal perspective
Lessons and questions from an economic perspective
The politics of selecting and implementing trade sanctions – EC and Developing country perspectives
Improvements and new approaches from a legal , an institutional and an economic perspective
An alternative to trade flows: calculating expectation damages
Lessons from investor-state arbitration

Richard Baldwin, 29 February 2008

Trade liberalisation is proceeding everywhere but at the WTO: while nations drag their feet in Geneva, they sign bilateral trade agreements by the dozen. Finishing the ongoing WTO talks is important, but regionalism is the new reality. To maintain its relevance, the WTO must adapt, as regionalism is here to stay.

Thomas Hertel, Roman Keeney, Alan Winters, 22 October 2007

Following their suspension in mid- 2006, and their resuscitation in early 2007, the multilateral trade negotiations of the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda appear once more to be on the brink of collapse. Several reasons have been advanced for their lack of success; high on everyone’s list is the central role of agriculture. We ask why a sector that contributes so little to rich countries’ GDP should be able to sabotage global economy-wide trade talks.

Simon Evenett, 24 June 2007

Many worry that regionalism is undermining the multilateral trading system, but maybe past unilateral trade reform is the root of Doha’s problems.

Richard Pomfret, 22 June 2007

Since 2000, East Asian countries have signed over 70 trade agreements. Is this ‘noodle bowl’ of regional agreements in the world’s most dynamic economic region a threat to the multilateral global trading system and to other regions’ economic prosperity?

Simon Evenett, 17 June 2007

The US, EU, and other leading trading powers have pulled back on their negotiating offers. Either senior trade negotiators are planning an extraordinarily welcome summer surprise or they are positioning themselves for the blame game when the music finally stops.