World Trade: Round Two

In Seattle two years ago, amid acrimony in the meeting halls and tear gas in the streets, the World Trade Organization tried and failed to launch a new round of world trade talks.

The World Today
Published 1 November 2001 Updated 26 October 2020 4 minute READ

Rachel Thompson

Former Research Associate, Global Health Programme

The meeting had been badly prepared and poorly chaired, even before the extraordinary contributions of the Seattle police and the US President. The whole event was deeply surreal with many wondering how it had ever been thought there was any chance of a deal. Now, after two years of further talks about talks in Geneva, world trade ministers are due to reconvene early this month. The key questions facing them will be, what role should the world trade system play in the campaign against terrorism? And, as part of that, can they rally around a shared trade vision?

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