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.

CAFTA's Close Call A Warning to US Policy Makers

The narrow passage of the Central American trade agreement calls for a stronger, proactive approach to WTO
Edward Gresser
August 9, 2005

How to Jump-Start the WTO

Rich nations must show leadership by opening their doors to developing country farm products
Susan Ariel Aaronson
May 26, 2005

Tangled Threads of Protectionism – Part II

The age-old desire to protect the makers of clothes in a country rages on unabated
Edward Gresser
May 5, 2005

Tangled Threads of Protectionism – Part III

Retraining and innovation would help to save jobs better than a tariff wall
Linda Lim
May 10, 2005

Tangled Threads of Protectionism – Part I

Production quotas have hurt more than helped US and European textile industries
Pietra Rivoli
May 3, 2005

Indian Diplomacy Energized by Search for Oil

But some suppliers will bring more than oil: possible discord with other major partners
Pramit Mitra
March 14, 2005