Tag Archives: doha

Nothing to see here

Is there any point in continuing to puzzle over trade policy and agreements? Do they really make any difference to anything? It seems they’ve become too hard to put together; but does that matter? Since about 2001, I’ve been writing a weblog analysing international trade agreements, national trade policies and the post-WWII “system” of government […]

Necromancy and negotiation

Some things, like kings, crucified gods and Norwegian parrots never die. The WTO’s Doha negotiation may be the latest candidate for mythic resurrection (I hope not). But for now, the elders of the church of multilateralism over at VoxEU.org are preparing for a burial service that they expect to take place at the WTO’s planned […]

Multilateral misalignment

Over at the Lowy Institute, Michael Wesley has opened a debate on the multilateralism with a brief dyspeptic review, characterising multilateralism as the “copper wire” technology of international relations. Professor Nick Bisley from La Trobe joins the chorus and no doubt others will follow. I’ve been puzzling about the shortcomings of multilateralism for some time. […]

Apocalypse post-Doha?

I’ve been in the Middle East and Europe and am just catching up with a few things: such as the pamphlet produced by Simon Evenett, Richard Baldwin and a host of illustrious cheerleaders for the WTO entitled: “Why World Leaders Must Resist the False Promise of Another Doha Delay” The collection of brief essays—prises de […]

Let it go, Pascal

This week, in Geneva “[WTO Director-General Pascal] Lamy recently outlined the next steps in the process, specifying that the chairs of the various negotiating groups would table documents – which sources indicate could be in the form of reports or new text, depending on the topic – on 21 April for members to reflect on […]

The falling value of tariff bindings

The strongest argument for completing the WTO’s barely enduring Doha round of trade negotiations is that it will further narrow the legal right of WTO members to adopt higher protective trade barriers in the future. But that argument doesn’t seem to sway anyone much: certainly not businesses who have largely lost interest in the WTO’s […]

Huge gaps remain in WTO negotiations

Recent rounds of bilateral talks between the USA and China on opening both farm and non-farm product markets as part of WTO’s long-delayed Doha Round have been inconclusive for very familiar reasons: “[U]nfortunately, what we learned confirmed our worst fears – that we would see no new market access on our major agricultural export interests” […]