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Putting Development First:
WTO, Global Trade and Sustainable Development

Press Coverage

Putting Development FirstGDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program is actively involved in analyzing the ongoing World Trade Organization negotiations as part of its research on trade and sustainable development.  The goal is to promote trade rules that ensure environmental sustainability while leaving developing countries the "policy space" to stimulate dynamic development. Framework analysis is provided in the edited book by Kevin P. Gallagher, Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs, (Zed Books, 2005). Research areas include: Doha Projections Project, Policy Space for Development, and Toward a New Consensus on Globalization and Development.

GDAE researchers have presented their work in briefings for negotiators and at the WTO Public Forums. For coverage of earlier negotiations, see the summary of the 2010 session on "The World Trading System in the Wake of the Financial Crisis" or listen to the audio of the session. Get the summary, presentations, and audio from the 2009 session. A summary of the 2008 session is also available.

Recent Publications

Don't buy the spin: The WTO talks in Nairobi ended badly and India will pay a price, Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A Wise,, December 24, 2015

‘Outstanding Doha issues’ are still a priority, Timothy A. Wise, Letter to Financial Times, December 22, 2015

US cynical positions designed to create deadlock, Timothy A. Wise, The Standard, December 18, 2015

Defending the Right to Food at the World Trade Organization, Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise, Food Tank, December 18, 2015

Dumping Responsibility on Third World Farmers Yet Again, Timothy A. Wise, The Wire, December 13, 2015

India’s time to lead at the WTO, Timothy A. Wise and Sachin Kumar Sharma, Down To Earth, December 12, 2015

Africa and the WTO - the Perils of Weakening the Development Agenda, Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise, AllAfrica, October 9, 2015 (Also available in French)

Destruction of US credibility at WTO, Timothy A. Wise and Biraj Patnaik, Live Mint, September 8, 2015

Support to WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement is Insufficient or Misdirected, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Policy Brief, July 25, 2014

Will the WTO fast-track trade at the expense of food security?, Timothy A. Wise and Jeronim Capaldo, Al Jazeera, July 24, 2014

Trade Hallucination: Risks of Trade Facilitation and Suggestions for Implementation, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Working Paper 14-01, June 2014

Battle Won, The War Goes On, Timothy A. Wise, BW | Business World, January 7, 2014

Right to food wins 'defensive battle' in World Trade Organization deal, Timothy A. Wise, Global Post, December 8, 2013

10 signs of US hypocrisy on India's food security programme, Timothy A. Wise, Firstpost, December 6, 2013

Trade facilitation has real costs and dubious gains, Jeronim Capaldo, Letter to the editor of the Financial Times, December 4, 2013

US opposition to ambitious Indian program a 'direct attack on the right to food, Timothy A. Wise, Global Post, December 3, 2013

The Uncertain Gains from Trade Facilitation, Jeronim Capaldo GDAE Policy Brief 13-02 December 2, 2013


Timothy A. Wise at WTO Eleventh Ministerial ConferenceWise at WTO Eleventh Ministerial Conference
GDAE Senior Research Fellow Timothy A. Wise wrote extensively about the biannual summit the World Trade Organization held in Buenos Aires last month. With colleagues from the Institu te for Agriculture and Trade Policy, he wrote two articles (here and here) on the WTO’s failure to address the critical issue of low prices and agricultural dumping; see him speak on this issue here.

Timothy A. WiseWhy America is Moving Away from the WTO
The Real News Network interviewed Timothy A. Wise on December 16, 2015 on the World Trade Organization's 10th ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Timothy A Wise interviewed by the Real News Network on the collapse of the Doha negotiations.US Demands May Kill WTO Agreement:
On May 27, 2011, 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.


Doha Projections Project Analysis:

"Doha Goes on Life Support," by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, May 2011 (Also available in Spanish).
"Is Development Back in the Doha Round?” by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, South Centre Policy Brief #18, November 2009.
"Are There Large New Gains from Trade?" by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, Bridges Trade Monthly,  February 2010 (also published in Spanish "¿Existen nuevas ganancias de la Ronda Doha?" by Puentes Bimestral, Vol. 10, No. 6, December 2009).
"The Shrinking Gains from Global Trade Liberalization in Computable General Equilibrium Models," by Frank Ackerman and Kevin P. Gallagher, International Journal of Political Economy, vol. 37, no. 1, Spring 2008. (NOTICE: Author Posting. (c) M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2008. This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden.)
"Back to the Drawing Board: No Basis for Concluding the Doha Round of Negotiations" by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, RIS Policy Brief #36, April 2008.
"No Fast Track to Global Poverty Reduction," by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, GDAE Policy Brief 07-02, April 2007.
"Doha Round and Developing Countries: Will the Doha deal do more harm than good?" RIS Policy Brief #22, by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, April 2006.
"Steamrolled in trade talks," By Kevin P. Gallagher, Newsday, August 20, 2006.
"Doha's Hidden Price Tag" By Kevin P. Gallagher, Bridges Trade Monthly, March-April, 2006.
"The Doha Round's Development Impacts: Shrinking Gains and Real Costs," RIS Policy Brief #19, by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, November 2005.
"The Hong Kong Ministerial: What’s at Stake for the Poor?" By Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, Bridges Trade Monthly, December 2005. (Also available in Spanish.)
"The Shrinking Gains from Trade: A Critical Assessment of Doha Round Projections," by Frank Ackerman, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-01, October 2005.
"The WTO's Development Crumbs," By Timothy A. Wise, Foreign Policy in Focus, January 23, 2006
GDAE Research Director Frank Ackerman debates trade modeling with Will Martin, the World Bank's lead economist in their Trade and Development Research Group. June, 2006
"Collapse of the Doha Round of the WTO." by Timothy A. Wise, Dollars & Sense Magazine "Economy in Numbers" series, Sept-Oct 2006. (Not available online.)

Shrinking Gains web page with press coverage


Other Relevant Publications

"Challenging Opportunities for the Multilateral Trade Regime," Kevin P. Gallagher, The Future and the WTO: Confronting the Challenges A Collection of Short Essays, ICTSD Programme on Global Economic Policy and Institutions, July 2012

"The Hypocrisy Clause," by Timothy A. Wise, Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council, June 18, 2010.

"Cleaning house at the WTO," by Kevin Gallagher and Timothy Wise, The Guardian, December 1, 2009.

"Trading our Way Out of the Financial Crisis: The Need for WTO Reform," by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, Americas Program Policy Brief, Center for International Policy, March 4, 2009. (A version of this article is also available in Spanish here: (This article also appeared in Rebuilding Global Trade: Toward a Fairer, More Sustainable Future).

“Resources, Rules and International Political Economy: The Politics of Development in the WTO,” by Ken Shadlen, GDAE Working Paper No. 09-01, January 2009.

Putting Development Back in the WTO,” by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, PSE, December 2008.
This article is part of a recently published booklet, " Looking beyond Doha? New thinking on trade policy and development."

“21st Century Trade Agreements: Implications for Long-Run Development Policy” by Rachel Denae Thrasher and Kevin P. Gallagher, The Pardee Papers, No. 2, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, September 2008.

"Relevance of ‘Policy Space’ for Development: Implications for Multilateral Trade Negotiations," by Nagesh Kumar and Kevin P. Gallagher, RIS Discussion Paper #120, March 2007.

"The WTO and the Shrinking of Development Space—How Big is the Bite?" by Alisa DiCaprio and Kevin P. Gallagher, Journal of World Investment and Trade, Volume 7, no. 5, October 2006.
A policy brief based on this article appeared as "Measuring the Cost of Lost Policy Space at the WTO," Americas Program, International Relations Center, March 20, 2007.
This document was also published in Spanish and Korean.  

"Brazil: Trading Away Industrial Development?" Kevin P. Gallagher, IRC Americas Program Policy Report, December 13, 2005

"Policy Space for Development in the WTO and Beyond: The Case of Intellectual Property Rights," Ken Shadlen, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-06, November 2005.

"Identifying the Real Winners from U.S. Agricultural Policies," Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-07, December, 2005.

"Preserving Policy Space for Sustainable Development: The Subsidies Agreement at the WTO," Francisco Aguayo Ayala and Kevin P. Gallagher, Trade Knowledge Network/IISD, December 2005. 

"Revaluing Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade Markets in Mexico," by Muriel Calo and Timothy A. Wise, October 2005.

International Investment for Sustainable Development, Lyuba Zarsky, editor, Earthscan, 2004

Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond, Kevin P. Gallagher, Stanford University Press, 2004

Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico, Timothy A. Wise, Hilda Salazar, and Laura Carlsen (eds.), Kumarian Press and Editorial Miguel Angel Porrua, 2003. (Published in Spanish as Enfrentando la Globalizacion: Respuestas Sociales a la Integracion Economica de Mexico, Laura Carlsen, Tim Wise, and Hilda Salazar, eds., Editorial Miguel Angel Porrua, 2003.)

Earthscan Reader on International Trade and Sustainable Development, Kevin P. Gallagher and Jacob Werksman (eds.), Earthscan Publications, 2002.

Globalization and the Environment: Lessons from the Americas, by the Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas , July 2004, Heinrich Boll Foundation.

"The Paradox of Agricultural Subsidies: Measurement Issues, Agricultural Dumping, and Policy Reform" by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper 04-02, May 2004.  This paper is summarized in: "Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Agricultural Subsidies, Dumping, and Policy Reform," Bridges Trade Monthly, May 2004. (Also available in Spanish, in Puentes entre el comercio y el desarrollo sostenible.)

"The Environmental Costs of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Mexico-U.S. Maize Trade Under NAFTA," Alejandro Nadal and Timothy A. Wise. Working Group Discussion Paper DP04, June 2004.

“Fair Trade in Tropical Crops is Possible: International Commodity Agreements Revisited,” by Niek Koning, Muriel Calo, and Roel Jongeneel. North-South Centre Discussion Paper No. 3, Wangeningen University, June 2004.



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