How Trade Negotiations Work

Ngaire Woods, author most recently of The Globalizers and lecturer at Oxford University, has put together a lovely radio documentary at the BBC, looking at how negotiations happen at the World Trade Organization. The title of the show, War by Other Means, suggests what’s in store. She managed to secure a interviews with the great and the good at the WTO and, more important, with the diplomatic minnows – most countries in the developing world fall into this category – who are brushed aside in the negotiating process. Listen to the podcast here.

Incidentally, next week’s concluding installment of the show promises an analysis of what happened at the WTO’s Cancun ministerial. If you can’t wait, do check out the best analysis of where these negotiations are at so far, courtesy of Focus on the Global South, here.