Trade Talks Episode 17: WTO Ministerials—Now and Then
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist focus on the December 2017 World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires. They describe the contentious negotiations over India’s public stockholding program, fishing subsidies, and electronic commerce. They interview author Paul Blustein about his book “Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations: Clashing Egos, Inflated Ambitions, and the Great Shambles of the World Trade System,” including the Battle in Seattle and the Doha Development Agenda. Finally, they discuss the hold-up problem facing WTO negotiations, as well as a potential path forward through plurilateral deals.