Amrita Narlikar

How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

International Affairs | 2022


  • Abstract

    Trade multilateralism would not have featured as a case of ‘abject failure’ had this special issue been planned in 2001. But since then, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has unfortunately become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate, even when one takes into account the limited successes of the 12th ministerial conference in June 2022. This article proceeds in four steps. The first section outlines the multiple levels of malfunction and breakdown in the organization. The second part argues that a variety of negotiation failures are responsible for the dire straits in which the WTO finds itself today. I identify three broad categories of bargaining failures in this member-driven organization: negotiation mishaps that have led to the Doha deadlocks; negotiation muddles that members have got themselves into while updating the institutional practices of the WTO; and failures on the part of the membership to find negotiated solutions to new systemic challenges. The third section reflects on the interaction of my own research with the world of policy. The fourth and concluding section presents the main ‘Dos’ and ‘Don'ts’ that follow from the analysis, and offers some further policy recommendations.

    Journal

    International Affairs

    Volume

    98

    Number

    5

    Pages

    1553–1573

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    In this introductory article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, guest editors of the International Affairs centenary special issue, outline this ‘how not to’ guide. They explore a Hippocratic oath for international affairs and suggest going beyond this minimum ‘do no harm’ requirement.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    International Affairs | Oxford University Press | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

    The International Affairs centenary special issue, edited by GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, is a ‘how not to’ guide for international relations. It brings together 14 experts examining historic failures and how policy practitioners and researchers can get it right together.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

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    How not to negotiate: the Case of Trade Multilateralism

    Auf Einladung von Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote teilte Prof. Narlikar ihre Analyse zu Handelsverhandlungen mit Studenten der Leibniz Universität Hannover. Ihr Vortrag basiert auf der von ihr in Zusammenarbeit mit Prof. Daniel Drezner in Kürze erscheinenden Sonderausgabe von International Affairs zum Thema "The How-Not-To Guide for International Relations".

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