Category Archives: WTO

Is it the end? Or a new begining? The WTO and the changing international economic order -Kate Cornman

The WTO is in decline but not by its design. As an international organization, it promotes nondiscrimination towards developing countries through practices such as Most favored nation and national treatment, however, the world is shifting from one economic system to another and this may mean that the efforts of the WTO to provide a forum of communication between states has become flawed. Just as the world economy shed itself from the Bretton Woods system and entered the world of neo-liberal trade practices, this inefficiency in this trade apparatus may be the warning sign that an open market economy is not the solution for all problems. This process is triggered by an unset and has a transitional period, not a moment in time. It may take a decade for the world to identify the new economic system. I argue that the 2008-2009 Great Recession was an unset to a change in the world economic system, thus, international economic organizations which have promoted a free open market economy will have to adapt or lose its influence. Continue reading Is it the end? Or a new begining? The WTO and the changing international economic order -Kate Cornman

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World Trade Organization, A Still Relevant Factor in the International System

The World Trade Organization is the only international trade organization at present. Since its creation in 1995 it has brought positive effects on international trade by providing surveillance on state trade-related practices and by providing grounds for diplomatic negotiations. It is also the defender of important principles of trade liberalization, including the Most-favored Treatment and National Treatment. Critics, however, point out to the failure of the Doha Round to reach any meaningful agreement as evidence to the decline of the World Trade Organization. However, recent successes of the WTO seem to indicate otherwise. Continue reading World Trade Organization, A Still Relevant Factor in the International System

Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder

Blogs have become a common tool for communicating ideas and analyzing developments in global governance. Further, many organizations have increasingly asked staff or recruited analysts to write blog posts to enhance the organization’s social media presence, engage others in the field, highlight important developments and explain its work to important constituencies. Continue reading Blogging for SIS 280 – Prof. Michael Schroeder