ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Way Forward?

Narratives and Myths in the WTO Doha Round

The World Trade Organisation's Doha round of negotiations has been at an impasse since December 2008. Several academics and opinion-makers have recently argued that the Doha round is "dead". This article discusses the US narrative on the reasons for the impasse and the way forward. It contrasts this narrative with that of the major developing country alliances in the wto and considers some underlying causes for the current impasse. The us narrative that the Doha round is dead is not supported by the majority of the WTO's members and whilst a settlement is not likely in the near future, there is no viable alternative to concluding the Doha round on its current development mandate.

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