Doha “Plan B” Hits Early Roadblock

Volume
15,
Number
21
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8 June 2011
8 June 2011
WTO members have agreed to try to strike deals this year on certain issues within the long-running Doha Round of global trade talks, while postponing attempts for a comprehensive multilateral accord. The challenge for them now is to identify what might become part of a so-called ‘early harvest' (if...
8 June 2011
Last updated 15:05 CET on 9 June 2011. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced yesterday that China has ended a controversial public fund for wind power manufacturing. The subsidies were the subject of a formal WTO dispute between the US and China that commenced late last...
8 June 2011
The wrangling over US spending cuts has put the spotlight on Washington's federal farm subsidy programme, which has been a source of ongoing contention both domestically and abroad. Last week's meetings of the US House Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with allocating government...
8 June 2011
The ongoing international negotiation process on climate change has been bogged down by procedural quarrels from its onset on Monday 6 June. The two-week talks in Bonn, Germany, are part of the process leading up to the next Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa this upcoming...
8 June 2011
An EU-Russia spat over trade in fresh vegetables is casting shadows on Moscow's ongoing bid to accede to the World Trade Organisation. In the wake of a fatal E. coli outbreak in Europe, Russia on 2 June imposed an import ban on all fresh vegetable products from the EU, even though Russia's health...
8 June 2011
Argentina and Brazil have agreed to "fast track" import licenses for cars, food, and appliances that have stocked up along their borders since February due to a contentious trade dispute between the two nations. The clash between the Mercosur partners originated with Argentina's cancellation of...
8 June 2011
Tensions are building over the EU's decision to extend their Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to aviation. Under the new plan, all airlines inbound to and outbound from the 27-member bloc would be covered under the system - an announcement that drew criticism from airplane groups and non-EU countries...
8 June 2011
6-16 June, Bonn, Germany. 34TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHAGE CONVENTION ON SUBSIDIARY BODIES. The 34th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Further information is...
8 June 2011
GLOBALIZATION, BRAIN DRAIN AND DEVELOPMENT. By Frederic Docquier and Hillel Rapoport at the Center for International Development at Harvard University (March 2011). This paper reviews four decades of economics research on the brain drain, with the authors focusing on its connection to development...