This is a selection of videos featuring the work of the Globalization and Sustainable Development Program, and includes a collection of interviews with colleagues.
When Food Is Fuel
Biofuel production is booming, up fivefold in a decade. Investment in biofuel technologies creates more renewable fuels and jobs, but producing fuels like corn-based ethanol diverts land and water resources from food crops. Biofuels can also drive up the cost of corn that is used for food, especially in developing countries that rely on imports of the grain. GDAE's Timothy A. Wise contributed research to this National Geographic video. (September 15, 2014)
Addressing the Global Food Crisis: Maize, Food Security, and Climate Change
GDAE Researcher and Open Society Fellow Timothy A. Wise is examining the effects of U.S. policies in Latin America and Africa. This podcast and PowerPoint offer observations from his research so far, which has taken him to Mexico, Rome, Iowa, South Africa, Bali, Ethiopia, and Malawi. (February 10, 2014)
What is the legacy of NAFTA?
Timothy A. Wise was a guest on the KALW radio show "Your Call" to mark the 20th anniversary of The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the US. The show discusses how NAFTA has affected the lives of millions of American, Canadian and Mexican workers. And asks: What has been NAFTA's Effect on Jobs, Migration, and the Environment? (January 13, 2014)
New GMO Crops Temporarily Blocked in Mexico
Timothy A. Wise discusses the controversy in Mexico over government moves to approve proposals by Monsanto and other biotech firms to grow transgenic corn in Mexico. He states that the anti-GMO activists in Mexico recently scored a major, if tentative, victory. (November 2, 2013)
Progressive Commentary Hour
Timothy A. Wise was a guest on the Progressive Radio Network's Progressive Commentary Hour. The show focused on US trade policies in the context of the Great Recession. (June 17, 2013)
The dragon's tango: China's growing engagement in Latin America
In this 30 minute interview conducted by Up Close from the University of Melbourne, Kevin P. Gallagher examines the growing influence in Latin America of a resource-hungry China, and the benefits and risks resulting from Chinese economic activity in the region. (April 26, 2013)
Food Economy (Issues & Vision)
Timothy A. Wise presented at the Tufts New Economy group's summit "Cultivating a New Food Economy: Putting People and Planet First." He spoke about current issues with our food economy. (April 13, 2013)
Mitt Romney's five-point economic plan divides Massachusetts voters
Kevin P. Gallagher speaks with Larry Eliot from The Guardian regarding Mitt Romney's economic plan. Gallagher states, "He doesn't have a sophisticated plan to put to the Office of Management and Budget to be costed. Even Bush did that. An independent [simulation] found that the plan doesn't add up. It would increase the deficit by $400bn a year. Romney says that would be filled by closing tax loopholes – but without specifying exactly how." (October 11, 2012)
GDAE's Timothy A. Wise appears on CrossTalk, produced by Russia Today, to discuss rising food costs and overconsumption. (August 27, 2012)
World Bank Nominees GDAE's Kevin Gallagher weighs in on the World Bank presidential nominees (April 10, 2012)
Bio-fuels, Speculation, Land Grabs = Food Crisis: Timothy A. Wise and Sophia Murphy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy were interviewed by the Real News Network on their policy report, Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007. Watch the full interview here. Also read an op-ed by the authors on the Triple Crisis Blog, Resolving the Food Crisis: Global leaders fail to make crucial reforms. (January 18, 2012)
Food Security off the Table: Timothy A. Wise was interviewed by the Real News Network on the failure of the WTO and G20 to address food security, prevent food price bubbles, and how trade policies are weakening food production in developing countries. Watch the full interview here. (December 16, 2011)
Is Canada's Gold Corp. Good for Guatemala? Part 2 Part 2 of Lyuba Zarsky's Real News Network interview on the economic and environmental costs of Gold Corp.’s Marlin Mine in Guatemala. (November 20, 2011)
Is Canada's Gold Corp. Good for Guatemala? Lyuba Zarsky was interviewed by the Real News Network on the economic and environmental costs of Gold Corp.’s Marlin Mine in Guatemala. The interview is based on her recent GDAE report, co-authored with Leonardo Stanley, “Searching for Gold in the Highlands of Guatemala: Economic Benefits and Environmental Risks of the Marlin Mine." (November 14, 2011)
G20 ignores food security Timothy A. Wise and Triple Crisis blogger Jennifer Clapp were interviewed by the Real News Network on why food security and commodity market speculation have recently fallen off the G20's Cannes Summit agenda. (November 1, 2011)
Will the G20 Control Hot Money?
Kevin P. Gallagher and Triple Crisis blogger Ilene Grabel were interviewed by the Real News Network on the G20 and capital controls. This interview is part of the Triple Crisis Blog's 2011 Spotlight G20 series. (October 31,2011)
Timothy A. Wise was interviewed by The Real News Network on President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), based on his LATN Brief, "U.S. Trade Policy: 'Still Waiting for a "21st Century Trade Agreement'," co-authored with Kevin P. Gallagher. The LATN Brief is based on the Task Force on North American Trade Policy Report, now available in Spanish. (September 15, 2011)
Kevin P. Gallagher gave an interview to the Real News Network on his recent Working Paper, The New Vulture Culture: Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Trade and Investment Treaties. The interview also covered the Greek debt crisis and the US debt ceiling. Watch the full interview. (July 28, 2011)
US Demands May Kill WTO Agreement: GDAE's Timothy A Wise gave an interview to The Real News Network on the Doha trade talks, and how US demands on developing countries are bringing the negotiations to a standstill. Read his recent Triple Crisis Blog post, Doha Goes on Life Support. Read more on GDAE's work on the WTO and Global Trade. (May 27, 2011)
Boom for Whom? GDAE's Timothy Wise was interviewed by The Real News Network on his recent policy brief, "Still Waiting for the Farm Boom: Family Farmers Worse off Despite High Crop Prices," part of Wise's continuing work in GDAE's Beyond Agricultural Subsidies program. (May 25, 2011)
GDAE's Kevin P. Gallagher and Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies were interviewed by the Real News Network to explain why capital controls are an important policy tool developing countries can use to prevent financial instability. The interview follows the release of the Economist Letter, signed by more than 250 prominent economists around the world urging the Obama Administration to remove restrictions in its trade agreements with developing countries that limit the use of capital controls (Jan. 31, 2011).
Subsidizing Inequality: Timothy A. Wise was interviewed by the Real News Network on his recent policy brief, “The impacts of U.S. agricultural policies on Mexican producers,” which appears as part of the report, “Subsidizing Inequality: Mexican Corn Policy Since NAFTA.” The report was recently released in English by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (December 2010)
Why Do Mexican Workers Head North? GDAE's Timothy Wise was interviewed by the Real News Network on why NAFTA has undermined Mexican agriculture and caused many Mexican farmers to migrate North to seek employment. It is based on his policy brief with Betsy Rakocy, “Hogging the Gains from Trade: The Real Winners from U.S. Trade and Agricultural Policies." (November 2010)
The Dragon in the Room GDAE's Kevin Gallagher was interviewed by the Real News Network on how China’s growing investment in Latin America may be good for short-term economic growth, but bad for Latin American industrialization. It draws on his new book with Roberto Porzecanski, The Dragon in the Room: China and Future of Latin American Industrialization. (November 2010)
Who Pays for the Fed's QE2?GDAE's Kevin Gallagher was interviewed by the Real News Network on the consequences of the Fed’s proposed quantitative easing and its implications for G-20 leaders who attempted to prevent a “currency war” at the Seoul summit. (November 2010)
Hot Money Creating Havoc in the Global Economy Part two of GDAE’s Kevin Gallagher’s interview with the Real News Network on why many developing countries are adopting capital controls as a countermeasure to the Fed’s proposed quantitative easing and why the IMF is supporting them. (November 2010)
Agricultural Dumping and Mexico In an interview he gave to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), GDAE’s Timothy Wise discusses the implications of US agricultural dumping in Mexico.. Wise’s comments are based on his paper on agricultural dumping under NAFTA. (September 2010)
Not On Board: Uruguay and the Prospects for a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, 2000-2010: As part of the launch of his new book on Uruguay's negotiations with the US on trade and investment agreements, GDAE Research Fellow Roberto Porzecanski was interviewed by El Espectador. (June 2010)
Lyuba Zarsky Interviewed About Gulf Oil Spill: GDAE Senior Research Fellow Lyuba Zarsky was interviewed on Press TV May 14 on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (May 2010)
Why the IMF changed its mind about capital controls: Based on research for his new U.N. paper on capital controls and the limitations placed on their use by U.S. trade and investment agreements, Gallagher spoke on a panel at the Carnegie Endowment, presented his research at the UN, and published analyses of the new economic consensus in favor of capital controls in Foreign Policy, The Guardian, and the Financial Times Economists Forum, and the Triple Crisis Blog. (April 2010)
Kevin P. Gallagher and Jayati Ghosh, co-chairs of the Triple Crisis Blog, discuss the perspective of developing countries on the challenges facing the IMF and World Bank in the wake of the financial crisis and global recession. The Triple Crisis Blog followed up with a valuable Q&A with its roster of international analysts and timely posts on the Rio+20 Earth Summit and the Greek financial crisis. (April 2010)
Lessons from NAFTA: Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher discuss the findings of two recent reports, from the Carnegie Endowment on Mexico's poor performance under the NAFTA model and from Boston University's Pardee Center on the reforms needed in current and future U.S. trade agreements. See also a video of the full presentation at Boston University, or listen to the audio of the December 10, 2009, presentation at the Carnegie Endowment. The reports are part of ten years of research on Mexico under NAFTA. (March 2010)
Ha-Joon Chang and Kevin Gallagher talk about their books "Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism" by Dr. Chang, and "The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico's Silicon Valley" by Gallagher. (February 2008)
GDAE Interviews with Colleagues
GDAE's Research and Policy Director, Timothy Wise, discussed the Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture with the 2012 Leontief Prize recipients Peter Timmer (left) and Michael Lipton (right).
On March 8, 2011, GDAE Senior Research Fellow Frank Ackerman sat down with Lord Nicholas Stern, recipient of GDAE's 2011 Leontief Prize, to discuss the new economics of climate change.
Impact of the Financial Crisis for Least Developed Countries: GDAE’s Timothy A. Wise sat down with Mehdi Shafaeddin of the Institute of Economic Research at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, to discuss the political and economic challenges LCDs are facing in the wake of the Global Economic Crisis. As a striking example, Shafaeddin explains the potential negative impact of the EU's EPAs on LDCs' policy space in the global economy. (October 2010).
EPAs and their Implications for ACP Countries: In its Economic Partnership Agreements with ACP countries, the EU has pushed for African countries to significantly reduce tariffs in return for having access to the EU market. In an interview with GDAE’s Timothy A. Wise, Aileen Kwa of the South Centre discusses the dangers of the EPAs for African economies and offers possible solutions. (September 2010).
China and Africa: A new approach to development: In the Western press the conventional wisdom holds that China is emerging as a new colonial power in Africa. American University professor Deborah Brautigam contends that China’s “idea” of development may in the end prevail over the often fadish Western approaches to aid and development in Africa. GDAE researcher Kevin P. Gallagher interviewed professor Brautigam on China’s role in Africa. (July 2010).
Andong Zhu on Inequality and Worker Strikes in China: On June 29, Kevin Gallagher interviewed Andong Zhu of Tsinghua University in Beijing China about China’s worker strikes and growing inequality. (July 2010).
The Leontief Prize, in memory of Wassily Leontief, is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to economic theory that address contemporary realities and support just and sustainable societies. GDAE interviewed 2010 recipients of the prize, Bina Agarwal (left) and Daniel Kahneman (right). (March 2010)
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The Global Development and Environment Institute’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program examines the economic, social and environmental impacts of economic integration in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the WTO and NAFTA's lessons for trade and development policy. The goal of the program is to identify policies and international agreements that foster sustainable development.