Contributor: Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Asia’s Poor Increase by One-Billion Overnight

| 16 September 2014
Blog, Trade | Tags: G20, IMF, Poverty, Trade, WTO
The news has been exceptionally bad recently: carnage in the Middle East, race riots in the US, ongoing recession in the Eurozone and Japan, tension in the South China Sea, high youth unemployment virtually everywhere, the Ebola epidemic and so on and so depressingly forth. ... continue reading

Bali Boost: WTO Lives, Snatched for Now From Jaws of Defeat

| 23 December 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: WTO
It would be churlish not to congratulate the WTO and especially Roberto Azevêdo, its dynamic director-general, for successfully passing a “Bali package” at the Indonesian resort well past the 11th hour on 7 December. The WTO Doha Round, launched in the Qatari capital in 2001, ... continue reading

“What’s it for?” – Moral responsibility in an age of globalization

| 2 December 2012
Blog, Trade | Tags: Financial Markets, G20, WTO
Several years ago, I was approached by an Indian student following a lecture I had given on globalization and the interdependence of markets through cross-border flows of goods, services, ideas, knowledge, science and people. His question was: “But what’s it for?” In the late 20th/early ... continue reading

Resisting the perils of protectionism

| 31 July 2012
Blog, Trade | Tags: G20, Protectionism, WTO
We live in highly perilous times. The resurgence of protectionism and the breakdown of the tenuous global trade peace represent some of the greatest perils. On the basis of current trends, such an outcome seems inevitable. It is simply a question of when. While alarmists ... continue reading