Kent Jones, 19 January 2022

Around the world, populism has weaponised anxieties over globalisation and other forms of social change. This column argues that populist trade policies have damaged the global trading system through protectionist policies themselves and by undermining the rules and norms of the WTO. The author suggests that the Trump administration’s national security tariffs and Brexit have inflicted the greatest populist damage on trade rules and trade integration so far and that economic and institutional reforms will be necessary to break the populist influence on trade policy.

Simon Evenett, Richard Baldwin, 10 February 2021

Following the appointment of its new Director-General, the World Trade Organization has the best opportunity in years to revive its fortunes. This column, written as an open letter to the incoming Director-General of the WTO, argues why and offers ideas on how.

Simon Evenett, Richard Baldwin, 10 November 2020

While the trade system as a whole has proved more resilient than many feared during the Covid-19 pandemic, the crisis has placed new stresses on multilateral cooperation. This has come at a time when the standing of the WTO has fallen in some of its largest members and its rules have been ignored by many. This column argues that with the election of a new US government and the concurrent selection of a new WTO Director-General, there is new hope for a revitalisation of multilateral cooperation on trade. A new eBook presents analyses and ideas of how this could be done.

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