Future of global institutions: geopolitics and trade cooperation

This project is the continuation of an earlier research project supported by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, ‘Revitalising multilateral governance at the WTO 2.0’ (see below) and is co-funded by the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business (Columbia Business School) and the APEC Study Center (Columbia University). The project focuses on the implications for the multilateral trading system of proposals to engage in “friend shoring” of trade and investment, motivated by national security and values, and the increasing resort to unilateral trade measures by the major trade powers.  The project includes analysis of potential impacts on globalisation; implications for developing countries; and the design of reforms to re-establish a fully operational dispute settlement system and improve the functions of the organisation.

Revitalising multilateral governance at the WTO 2.0

WTO 2.0 project picture

Following the Report of the High-Level Group of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance, the second stage of this project supported by the Bertelsmann Stiftung focuses on key areas of policy conflict such as subsidies and dispute settlement and on improving WTO working practices.


Working Papers

Policy Briefs