World leaders are in a bind over the Doha Round. Carrying on with business as usual is no longer an option – the impasse that has emerged cannot be solved with a few more negotiating sessions. Abandoning the Round has been ruled out by almost all WTO members, nor is there much appetite for suspending the Round.
Keeping the WTO on track: A Doha down payment plus more
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Next Steps: Getting past the Doha Round crisis
Ujal Singh Bhatia, 28 May 2011
For reasons that are too well known to be repeated, the WTO finds itself at the crossroads. Decisions to be taken in the next few weeks will determine whether it can steer its way to a successful conclusion of the Doha Round in the near future.
Is early harvest still possible?
Zhenyu Sun, 28 May 2011
I am greatly interested in the discussions among experts and professors recently on the future of the Doha Round. While I can feel their strong sense of frustration about the deadlock, I don’t see any real possible solutions for the problems at hand. I don’t have one either. The lack of a solution is probably due more to political problems than to technical problems.
The good ship Doha: Salvage or repair?
Stuart Harbinson, 28 May 2011
The good ship Doha is well and truly stuck on the rocks. Let’s make no mistake – the rocks are substantial and there is no magic solution that will instantaneously get us off them. The choice now facing us is to salvage what we can and abandon ship, or to patch up the holes, wait for a high tide, and sail on.
Getting past the Doha Round crisis: Moving forward in the WTO
John Weekes, 28 May 2011
Bringing the Doha negotiations to a successful conclusion is by far the best course of action. The valuable contribution that such a development would make to strengthen the trading system has been examined at length elsewhere.
Ujal Singh Bhatia, 10 May 2011
Some influential observers are prepared to perform the last rites of the Doha Round of multilateral trade talks. Sceptics argue that governments are simply avoiding being the first to state an inconvenient truth. However, the events over the last few days in Geneva have demonstrated that governments are not prepared to throw in the towel yet.
Does the WTO matter?
Pushan Dutt, Ilian Mihov, Timothy Van Zandt, 1 May 2011
On 30 October 1947, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was signed between 23 countries. Since then, world exports of goods and services have grown rapidly, in nominal terms, in real terms, and in terms of share of world GDP.
Introducing a new eBook: Why world leaders must resist the false promise of another Doha delay
Richard Baldwin, Simon J Evenett, 28 April 2011
The Doha Round of multilateral trade negations has come to a critical point. Last week the WTO released – for the first time in 10 years of talks – the Doha package in its entirety. These documents illustrate the enormous progress that has been made, but they also clearly outline the deadlock holding up progress.
Why world leaders must resist the false promise of another Doha delay: Introduction to the issues
Richard Baldwin, Simon J Evenett, 28 April 2011
The world trade system is at a historical fork: WTO members must make a choice. Key decisions will be taken in discussions that start with the 29th April 2011 meeting of the Doha Round’s steering committee and that will continue for the coming weeks (assuming that this Friday’s meeting avoids an acrimonious breakdown).
The Future of Doha and the WTO: a CEPR trade seminar
Viv Davies, 27 April 2011
CEPR, in collaboration with the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), recently organised a high-level seminar in London on ‘The Future of Doha and the WTO’.
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