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February 17, 2005

International Organizations
World Trade Organization

This publication is now archived. What’s on the agenda at the WTO conference?The central issue being negotiated at the September 10-14 World Trade Organizationmeeting in Cancun, Mexico, is expanding …

July 16, 2019

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organization, With Jennifer A. Hillman

Jennifer A. Hillman, CFR’s senior fellow for trade and international political economy, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the operations and functions of the World Trade Organization.

Podcast People gather outside the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

March 25, 2019

Trade
Trump's Search for Absolute Sovereignty Could Destroy the WTO

The Trump administration's conviction that the World Trade Organization violates American sovereignty endangers the organization and the international trading system.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump stands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as he delivers remarks on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, DC, October 1, 2018.

July 16, 2019

International Organizations
See How Much You Know About International Organizations, Part 2

Test your knowledge of international organizations and treaties, including the European Union and the World Trade Organization.

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg, France.

October 16, 2017

Trade
The United States, Trade Remedies, and the World Trade Organization

This is the third session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 

Play WTO

March 23, 2018

World Trade Organization (WTO)
What's Next for the WTO?

President Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on China highlights concern about the ongoing role of the WTO and the future of global trade rules.

WTO Meeting, Geneva Switzerland

July 16, 2019

Global Governance
Making Trade Work to Mitigate Climate Change

Trade is a critical multiplier of the fossil fuel–intensive activities that contribute to climate change. Changes to the structure of global trade governance are necessary if the worst consequences o…

A laser, operated by the environmental group Greenpeace, projects a slogan onto the 40,000 tonne coal ship Pasha Bulker June 27, 2007 as it sits about 330 feet from Nobbys Beach after running aground near the coal port of Newcastle on Australia's east coast on June 8, 2007.

June 19, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
Will There Be a Trade Truce at the G20?

Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping plan to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, but it’s not clear that an end to tariffs is in sight.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, talking in 2017

December 4, 2009

International Organizations
The Vanishing WTO

Amid the global economic downturn, the World Trade Organization has been reduced to a talking shop as the prospects for a new global trade deal grow dimmer, says CFR’s Marc Levinson.

June 10, 2019

Trade
African Continental Free Trade Area: A New Horizon For Trade in Africa

Kanzanira Thorington is a research associate with the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. On May 30, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) of…

A worker is seen at a Highveld Steel plant in Middleburg, South Africa June 6, 2017.