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From September 1st, the shaky prospects for freer world trade will rest on the shoulders of a French socialist. With the World Trade Organisation’s Doha round deadlocked and little time left to reach agreement, the new man in charge of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, faces a daunting challenge. Unless the former European Union trade commissioner […]

Posted 01 Sep 2005 in Published articles
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Discussing debt relief and third world development with Noreena Hertz on the Today Programme. Listen here

Posted 13 Jun 2005 in Media
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Optimists claim that the debacle in Cancún is just a temporary setback. As old trade hands were quick to point out, world trade summits have an unfortunate habit of failing: just cast your mind back to Seattle in 1999, Brussels in 1990 and Montreal in 1988. Eventually, though, negotiators haul the show back onto the […]

Posted 01 Mar 2004 in Published articles
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Markets do not exist in a vacuum; they operate in a social, political, and legal context. That insight – obvious to thinkers such as Adam Smith and Karl Marx, but forgotten in the zeal to fashion economics into a science more like physics than sociology – lies behind the revival in recent decades of the […]

Posted 01 Mar 2004 in Published articles
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Last month, when World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Cancún collapsed in acrimony, the United States responded with a brave face. Though the meeting was seen as the best chance to push forward the Doha round of trade negotiations, which aims to slash trade barriers and boost the global economy, America’s negotiators insisted the United […]

Posted 03 Nov 2003 in Published articles
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The Cancún debacle brings us closer to a devastating US-China trade war

Posted 03 Sep 2003 in Published articles
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Oxfam has brilliantly exposed the EU as the worst of trade hypocrites; but it’s a pity it still misreads the WTO.

Posted 01 Jun 2002 in Published articles
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An unholy alliance of greens, development lobbyists and old-fashioned protectionists is blasting the World Trade Organisation, often for contradictory reasons. But free trade is good for the rich, and better still for the poor – even when it is complicated by “cultural” issues such as food safety.

Posted 01 May 2000 in Published articles
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Free trade means that a great product from a small country can succeed in global competition. That is how New Zealand’s Mike Moore came to be the new head of the World Trade Organisation.

Posted 26 Aug 1999 in Published articles
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Charlene Barshefsky, America’s trade supremo, is a brilliant lawyer. It may be a fatal weakness.

Posted 21 Jan 1999 in Published articles