The World Trade Organization and the Rise of Protectionism

Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, World Trade Organization. In conversation with Phil Levy.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) finds itself in as complicated an era as ever. Trade wars are erupting between allies and adversaries alike, and the primary forum for negotiation is faced with enforcing and updating global trade policies at higher stakes than ever. The United States has been one of the most vocal critics of the WTO, suggesting that modernization is needed, yet the US economy has perhaps benefited the most from WTO rulings. In such a connected yet increasingly protectionist world, how does a global trade organization stay effective? How can it engage with such large and at-odds countries like the United State and China?

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