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Business as Usual? The G20 Communiqué and Global Trade

Posted by admin on November 19th, 2008

By Joe Guinan
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Concluding the Doha Development Round: A Global Response to a Global Crisis

Posted by admin on October 22nd, 2008

By Nicola Lightner, Program Officer, The German Marshall Fund
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Trade Liberalization in a Post-Doha Environment

Posted by admin on October 3rd, 2008

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Cotton in the Doha Round – A Lost Opportunity?

Posted by admin on September 22nd, 2008

By Pedro de Camargo Neto
Cross-posted at GMF
Making progress in multilateral trade negotiations involving more than 150 countries is very difficult. Negotiations require exchanges - offering something for what you want. Given the widely discrepant wealth of developed and developing countries, the poorest countries must, in relative terms, offer a great deal more.
Negotiations can [...]

Resuming Doha: Overcoming the SSM Impasse

Posted by admin on September 16th, 2008

By Mike Gifford
Cross-posted at GMF
The gains from a Doha Round would greatly exceed those of the Uruguay Round. It would be a shame if an inability to find a solution to the SSM on the one hand, and further reduce trade distorting support on the other, derails the Doha Round, Such a failure would reflect [...]

Doha Round Worth Fighting For

Posted by admin on September 10th, 2008

By Jan-Maarten Vrij
Cross-posted at GMF
In my view a failed Ministerial is not a failed Round. I am not aware that any of the negotiators have indicated that the Round has failed, and it is important as talks move forward to remain committed to sound agricultural policy, both in international trade and on a domestic level.
Regarding [...]

Doha negotiations analysis: losing sight of the big picture?

Posted by admin on September 5th, 2008

By Carlos Perez del Castillo
Cross-posted at GMF 
Significant progress occurred during the July negotiations in Geneva. However, many differences remained, both within the issues included in the Lamy package and in other areas that were never seriously tackled, such as cotton and geographical indications. As a result, I believe that it is an over- simplification to [...]

Food Prices and the Doha Development Agenda

Posted by admin on July 29th, 2008

2001, the year the Doha Development Round negotiations began, the average prices for rice, wheat, and corn were $4.43, $2.83, and $1.89 per bushel respectively.  By May 2008, these had climbed to $11.45, $9.48, and $4.73, leading some to argue that the Doha Round is simply no longer relevant in this new environment of higher [...]

The EU’s Biofuel Mandate

Posted by admin on March 3rd, 2008

In January of this year the European Commission tabled a comprehensive set of proposals to achieve the renewable energy policy goals set last year by the European Council. These proposals include a draft Directive on renewables establishing an overall binding target for the EU as a whole of a 20% share in renewable energy sources [...]

Reverse Course

Posted by admin on November 5th, 2007

As the Senate prepares to debate the 2007 Farm Bill, IPC member emeritus Dean Kleckner points out the drawbacks of the U.S.’s current production-linked agricultural subsidy programs.
The $280-billion farm bill, approved last week by the Senate Agriculture Committee, intends to help farmers. Yet it may actually hurt them if it violates America’s international trade obligations. [...]