Trade, Development and the Doha Round: A Sure Bet or a Train Wreck?

 

Daniel Drache

This paper explores the strategy and assumptions that are pushing the Doha Round into dangerously troubled waters, and it assesses the different agendas on the table. It summarizes how we reached the current deadlock, and examines the state of the WTO’s legal dispute mechanism. It then critically assesses how divergences play out in the key policy areas of water exports, generic drugs, textile quotas, service-sector liberalization, and agricultural subsidies.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation, March 2006