A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

A Floundering WTO – Part I

Without WTO agreement on reforms before April 30th, the hopes of fair trade for developing nations could be postponed indefinitely
Edward Gresser
March 21, 2006

The WTO Can Promote Both Free Trade and Human Rights

Provided the supporters and protesters see the potential it holds
Susan Ariel Aaronson
December 13, 2005

Fate of the Farmers in Balance

The next round of trade talks must remove subsidies that are crushing poor farmers
Edward Gresser
November 1, 2005

Asia’s Polite Reception To Bush Masks Declining US Influence

Growing regional cooperation threatens US preeminence in East Asia
Daniel Sneider
November 17, 2005

Why the French Love Their Farmers

Greatest beneficiary of EU farm policy is reluctant to reform
Philip H. Gordon
November 15, 2005

Africa Needs Fair Trade, Not Charity

Allowing producers to export to a subsidy-free world market will lift many out of poverty
Mary Robinson
August 23, 2005